From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE) is conducting a need assessment that would ensure the training of civil servants on e-governance in Nasarawa State.
The Country Director/Regional Representative of KOICA, Mr Sungil Son disclosed this recently when they paid a familiarisation visit to the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Yakubu Lawal in his office in Lafia.
Son, represented by the Deputy Country Director of KOICA, Mr Minjae Kang said the need assessment will enable the agency to train 100 beneficiaries, both civil servants and government officials on basic and advanced skills on e-governance for the growth and development of the state.
According to him, the visit was to enable them get basic information that will assist them carryout an accurate survey of facilities and institutional capacity of the state for the proposed training.
“We are planning to hold the capacity building training for next year and we are currently in the process of selecting the number of states which will be our beneficiaries for this particular training and we working in consultation with FMCDE.
“We, therefore, want you to provide the data to us which will help us with our assessment,” he said.
The country director further stated that the training will be done in batches and called on the state government to provide the necessary information that will help them carry out the task.
Also speaking, Principal Analyst, FMCDE Project, Mr Hussein Umar, said the federal government was working in collaboration with KOICA to ensure the selection of benefiting states for the training.
He, however, said the survey was not a guarantee that the state would be selected but expressed optimism that the state will be selected after the assessment.
Responding, the state Commissioner for Information, Yakubu Lawal, who appreciated them for the visit, said that the state had a lot of institutional arrangements and was ready for partnership with the agency.
The commissioner noted that the state government was partnering other international organisations on digital economy, as well as other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related programmes.
He, therefore, assured of his commitment, calling on others to partner the state in the area of cultural heritage and tourism for the growth and development of the state.
Earlier in his remark, the state Director General, Bureau for Information and Communication Technology (BICT), Shehu Ibrahim said that the state has three computer based test centres and five e-libraries spread across the various local government areas that are used for the training of students on ICT skills.
“We are collaborating with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and we have trained civil servants and government officials to ensure the use of ICT in our offices.
“The office of the Head of Service is one of our greatest partners on ICT and all our MDAs have a functional ICT department and we are getting ready for e-governance,” he stated.
He said that the state was working out modalities to launch the e-governance master plan and its implementation strategy for the benefit of the state.
The Voice reports that KOICA, which is currently implementing a project for building foundations towards digital governance in Nigeria was established as a governmental agency dedicated to providing grant aid programmes of the Korean government to aid economic, social, and cultural situations of developing countries, in order to achieve sustainable development.