The Need for Digitalization of Nasarawa state civil service: Paper presented to Nasarawa state civil service commission

By Mal.Shehu Ibrahim
Director General BICT.
30th – June – 2020

The presentation was preceded by visit to the UMTE Nasarawa State JAMB halls where the management staff of the Civil Service Commission were taken round and had practical test where they couldn’t hide their joy on the development.

Director General Bureau of Information and Communication Technology at the Conference Hall of the Agency started by thanking the honour accorded to the organization by honouring the invitation. Further speaking,the DG stated that with the state government’s tilth to e

At the conference hall of the Bureau of Information and Communication Technology,the DG after introducing himself, the management and casual staff which he said was grossly inadequate further explained the need to fully embrace the idea of e-governance so much clamoured by the government as the entire world both government and private sectors have gone back to, has the potential make the world a better place that will comtribute immensely to sustainable development,harnessing the benefits of advances in the “Internet of Things” (IoT), Robotics, Artificial Intelligence,Cloud Computing,Big Data and Fighting Internet Crimes.

Throwing more light on the objectives of e – governance was said to simplify and support governance for all parties;government,citizens and businesses with an electronic means.Thus,the need for digitization becomes an unavoidable means of bettering all activities via the use of digital technologies to change activities model and provide new revenue and value producing opportunities. On the light of that,He made it known that the “2020 ICT Audit” by the Bureau of ICT and its usage within the Public service as well as ; Human/Staff Capacity,Electrical/ICT equipment,Mechanica/Power Source and Network resources available to the Nasarawa State Government. The 2020 ICT Audit is also be a window to access:
• General Staff Competency
• Present Equipment Strength
• Staff capacity strength in the areas of:
a) Innovation
b) Data Processing
c) Data Digital Storage and Filing
d) Communication Skills
e) Internet Security

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And lots more that would generate data about training/equipment needs and help in budgetting,planning,recriutment,retirement,due process and many more.

On Partnership, the Director General made it clear that the Bureau will ensure that the goal is achieved through training and retraining, with data about performance, and deployment of needed management systems.Digitalization and Automation of Nasarawa State Public Service and a mandatory training for all Public Servants. And in a bid to achieve that,the BICT have already proposed its time table of activities as follows:

a) ICT Audit July,2020
b) Basic computer training for workers ending December 31sts 2020
c) E – Governance training starting January 6th – 2021
d) Cyber Security training February 2021
e) Testing 1st Mock Promotion Exams June 2021
f) Automation of at least 25℅ of Government Processes July 2021
g) Testing 2nd Mock Promotion Exams November 2021
h) Computer based promotions January,2022.

While throwing more light,the DG suggested that the way forward to achieving all the aforementioned,there must be:
• Acceptance of change
• Full implementation of ICT Policy in the entire state.
Training and retraining for basics and computer appreciation
•Digitization of data
•Setting up of ICT offices/ officers in all MDAs
•Broadband access
•Rubost data storage
•Data bank / Center

In same vein, the DG supported by the Acting Admin Secretary Mr.Oriola Opeyemi intimated the management of the Civil Service Commission that the Commission is the engine room of the Civil Service thus should be the “Pace Setter” that should be at the forefront of ensuring a move to a paperless society by pioneering the automation process and be the “New Face” of the digital Nasarawa of our dream. In the light of that,the Bureau have fashioned out a proposal for the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which is as thus,
•Creation of Website for CSC recruitment/revenue/information/communication/retirement

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•Training of CSC Management Staff
•Training of all CSC Staff
• Deployment of Human & Management Resources Software
• Cyber Security training
• Digitization of document by moving away from analogue documentation and filing system
• Data Base
• Online Application for recruitment
• State Basic Certification in ICT proficiency
• Computer Based Promotions

Before the end of the presentation, the DG listed so far the Organizations that are already on ground to go into healthy partnership with the Bureau as is rated to be one of the best and speedily growing ICT centers in the country.The partners include:

•Microsoft inc
• Adori HEM Strategies
•E-plus Solutions
•Nass Computers
•Lafia Innovation Hub
•Extratime ICT Solutions

In conclusion, the Director General made a passionate appeal on the need to have more staff to man the number of (5) e-libraries , Hubs, training Centers and Head office as the Bureau for now has total number of 86 staffers with breakdown as thus:

•Total Staff – 86
• Senior Cadre 26 (G8 and above)
• Junior Staff – 43 (G1 – G7)
• Cleaners – 9
• Security – 6
• Gardeners – 2
• Staff posted out to other MDAs – 6
• Casual Staff – 16
He appealed for atleast additional 25 staff which comprises of Securities,Data Processors,Cleaners, Analyst and Gardeners.

He concluded by thanking the commission once more for accepting to honour the invitation and listened to what was said.

On Her on part,Hajiya Zainab Abdulmumini Ph.D (Commissioner Recruitment,Secondment and transfer) who represented the Chairman due to his unavoidable absence expressed her joy for such a rubost and a rich presentation that anywhere will be rated far above average and promised to take it up to the commission so that request be forwarded to the Governor after all due consideration and hope something worthy of celebration shall follow. Among the Civil Service Commission entourage were various heads of departments which include; Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar San Turakin Lafia (Commissioner Planning ,Research& Statistics), Commissioner Promotion, Conversion & Discipline ), Philip Amoi (Permanent and Accounting officer of the Commission), Mr. Alexander Mikel Abu (Director of Admin &Supplies), Mr.John Audu Dako (Director Promotion, Conversion and Discipline),Hajiya Zainab Ahmed Aliyu (Director Finance and Account), Mal.Uba Mohammed Uba (Director recruitment, appointment & conversion), Inrahim Abubakar Pakaci (Director research,planning and statistics), Mal.Abdulrazak Ibrahim (Admin Officer).

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In her closing remark,the representative of the Chairman Civil Service Commission,tasked the Bureau to keep up with the good work and the repositioning of Nasarawa State into a “Digital State ” and will do all their best to ensure that the much needed support and attention is geared towards itost especially after listening to the presentation and what it can be done to further uplift the standard of living,businesses and government activities in tandem with the global best internet practices and pray that the God will continue to shower more knowledge and wisdom on the DG,Management and Casual staff of the Bureau for such an excellent work most especially on the questions and answers section.

The meeting lasted for about 3hours.

Compiled by
Musa Almustapha Husaini

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