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Digital Economy: Shettima activates digitisation of State House workflow processes

Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President) Photo: State House

*Nigerian Vice-President (Senator) Kashim Shettima says the initiative is a testament to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s adherence to principle of leading by example

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In line with the Nigeria Digital Economy agenda, Vice-President (Senator) Kashim Shettima has said the flag-off of the training on digitalisation of workflow processes in the State House is a fulfilment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s promise to build an efficient workforce that is in tune with reality, leveraging technology.

Shettima noted the training is a compelling testament to the President’s steadfast adherence to the principle of leading by example in the country.

Stanley Nkwocha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Communications (Office of The Vice President), in a statement issued Monday, March 25, 2024, disclosed Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President), represented Sen. Shettima at the opening ceremony of the training programme for staff on the Digitalisation of Workflow Processes in the State House, in Abuja, FCT.

The Vice-President also  noted the goal of leveraging opportunities in Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence  (AI) to transform the entire public service “can’t be actualised unless those tasked with executing the tasks are in tune with reality.”

He further stated: “At the inception of this administration, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu articulated his promise to implement digital initiatives across seven pivotal areas: innovation, entrepreneurship, service provision, outsourcing, technology manufacturing, e-commerce, and the digitalisation of public service, underpinned by Broadband and Blockchain technologies.

“This can’t be actualised unless those tasked with executing the tasks are in tune with reality, and so this is a compelling testament to Mr. President’s steadfast adherence to the principle of leading by example.”

Shettima observed that the overwhelming paper-based bureaucracy within the Civil Service infrastructure is at odds with the demands of the present era.

“It falls upon us to serve as the conduit to a system redefined by the frontiers of machine learning and artificial intelligence, a system that calls upon us to utilise our natural intelligence to its fullest extent, and a system that challenges us to compete to build an efficient workforce that reflects the dynamic realities of our time.”

The Vice-President said: “The status quo is no longer tenable; the world as we once knew it, is undergoing a profound transformation.

“Like us, policymakers in other parts of the world are embracing digital technology as a catalyst for restructuring operational processes and streamlining decision-making.”

He averred that “we are fortunate to have a President who has declared that Nigeria will never be behind schedule in adopting disruptive technologies to improve our service standards, optimise expenditure, and accelerate responsiveness to the needs of our foremost customers—the Nigerian people. This revolution begins with us.”

Sen. Shettima also assured that the training programme would equip staff to understand “the need for the digitalisation of government processes, the procedures for handling sensitive government information, and how to respond to Nigerians seeking information from the government.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Engr. Olufunso Adebiyi, Permanent Secretary in the State House, had acknowledged the support of President Tinubu for the training programme.

Engr. Adebiyi stressed the Renewed Hope Agenda of the administration highlights the President’s vision for the Nigerian workforce.

According to him, the objective is to improve productivity in public service through deliberate digitalisation of the workforce and the entire operations.

The Permanent Secretary said of the training: “It is in line with this commitment that this training programme was approved by the President.

“The significance of starting this programme from the State House cannot be overemphasised, as this is where the vision of the President is operationalised and transmitted to the larger Nigerian public service for greater productivity and improved service delivery.”

He also emphasised that the goal is to commence the process and scale it across the Nigerian Civil Service, believing that it will improve service delivery and overall productivity in the public service.

In his remarks at the forum, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), noted that information management is central to national security and governance.

Amb. Abubakar noted: “We hope that three things will be brought under focus in this training – acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge for efficient innovation, processing, transmission, storage, preservation and retrieval of information and data.

“The objective here is simply the improvement of manual systems, a better sense of organisation, first-class delivery of service, and adoption of everything Information Technology offers for civil servants.”

The NIA Director-General urged the participants to take the capacity building programme seriously, and give it the desired attention.

Present at the event also are the Director-General of the State Security Service, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President), Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia of Training and Staff Development.

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