The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has kicked off the e-government service wide capacity building programmes for public servants.

The programme is aimed at equipping public servants with digital skills to enhance their performances under the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Director-General of the agency, Kashifu Inuwa, said the philosophy behind digital inclusion was to ensure that technology or digital skills are driven to the rural areas to support various economic activities, especially farming.

Inuwa was represented at the event, which took place at Public Service Institute, Kubwa, Abuja, by the Director, Research and Development of NITDA, Dr Agu Collins Agu.

According to him, “technology is dynamic which makes upskilling and reskilling come into play especially for federal public servants that will be driving all government digital transformation”.

The Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Limited and co-Chairman, e-GTC Governing Board, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, said in 2020, the number of batches trained were 10, while 12 were trained last year.

“In 2020 the number of public servants trained were 489 and 890 in 2021, the number of effective training days were 26 and 48 in 2020 and 2021.  The number of effective training hours were 208 in 2020 and 384 in 2021.

“If you look at the number of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the centre was able to pitch, there were 25 in 2020 and in 2021 there were 41. The number of Public servants invited in 2020 were 765 and 1,220 in 2021,” Abubakar said.

The Director of eGTC, Prof Suleiman Mohammed, while giving the training plan for the year said the Executive Course I, was included so as to train Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of Agencies and Parastatal of the government.

Prof Mohammed said: “For the Executive Course I, which we are starting in Abuja is targeting the CEOs of Federal Government agencies and parastatals, we intended to have nine batches within the year, two in a month fortnightly, in each batch we will have 20 CEO’s making it a total of 180 CEO’s to be trained.

“We have the Executive Course II which targets public servants at the Directorate cadre and in each batch we are inviting 100 participants and we intend to have 18 batches making a total of 1,800 participants.

“For the professional course which we are having with you now, we are targeting 100 participants and we are planning for 13 batches making it 1,300 participants.

“We started in 2020 and in that year we did little, in 2021 we did much but in 2022 we have become more ambitious as we want to have our tentacles outside the boundaries of Abuja.”

He said the agency will be replicating Executive Course I and Executive II which it has started in Abuja across the six geopolitical zones.