Abia Govt Set To Enhance Civil Service With Reforms

...Also, Sets To Train Thousands Of Women On IT

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The Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti has sponsored the participation of 26 individuals in Cyber security Certification examinations.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture , Prince Okey Kanu disclosed
this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council presided over by Governor Alex Otti while noting that the sponsorship was provided through the state Ministry of SME and Digital Economy.

The Information commissioner explained that the move is aimed at enhancing cyber security expertise and fortified digital infrastructure within the state.

“This initiative is made to substantially increase the number of cyber security expertise in the state. Of course, we know that this is the way to go in this era of technology and artificial intelligence.

“You have to have people who are good in cyber security so that they can help the government maintain security generally in the state”.

Prince Kanu also said that the state government as part of the reforms being carried out in the state civil service through the Abia state civil service commission will soon commence the certification of administrative officers in human resource management.

The Commissioner emphasized that the state Civil Service Commission would commence the actual implementation of the policy as part of the efforts of the government to build capacity for civil servants and professionalize the state civil service.

The Information boss reiterated that the state government is also carrying out reforms of its civil service,intending that a good human resource management is a sine qua non for an effective civil service,

He added that officers will be expected to acquire professional certificates from relevant and approved professional bodies for progression in the civil service.

Continuing,he restated that the government in partnership with theEnterprise Development Centre, Office of the First Lady and Abia state Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation is set to commence the process of training about ten thousand women from Abia State.

Prince Kanu said the programme will focus on capacity building and business support programmes with particular emphasis on equipping participants with essential information technology skills for future endeavours.

He said “the calls for applications for the programme will soon Commence, and of course for all to know that this is pointed towards building capacity for Abians in different areas of endeavor, including SMES, stand alone IT -expertise.

“The overriding interest of the state government is to ensure that as many people as possible acquire IT-skills that will help them in the future”.

The state information boss disclosed that the state Executive Council has approved the “Dig once policy” through the establishment of the “Dig once policy implementation council headed by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Ikechukwu Emetu.

He further explained that the policy aims at facilitating internet penetration and fast internet access even in rural areas, adding that the policy is in line with the present administration agenda in information technology development which is a serious enabler of business.

Prince Kanu reaffirmed that the state government in a joint effort with the federal Ministry of communication, Innovation and Digital Economy has committed to establishing 6 -mini digital hubs with free internet access across the 3 zones of the state including Arochukwu, Umunneochi, Ikwuano, Isialangwa south, Ukwa East and Ugwunagbo.

Contributing, the Commissioner for SME and Digital Economy, Dr. Mathew Ekwuribe said that the about to be launched “Dig once” project is to minimize the constant digging on the roads to lay fibre optics cables by operators, adding that the project will be extended to the hinterland.

He noted that though, not every part of the state would benefit from the initiative, the internet hubs to be set up in 6 LGAS across the 3 senatorial zones of the state by the federal Ministry of Digital Economy in collaboration with the state will provide Abians a functional hub to receive internet training and digital services.

Answering questions from newsmen, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity ,Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma clarified that the Pepples road ,Aba which was rumoured to have been washed off is still under construction, adding that all roads being done by the Dr Alex Otti’s administration are usually certified before commissioning,adding that all the roads completed are still standing.