Sokoto Education Trust Fund, SEDTF, says no fewer than 7,560 people have gained Information Communication Technology, ICT, training in Sokoto in the last 17 years.
Chairman of the board of trustees, former President Shehu Shagari said this at the opening of a three-week computer training programme for 88 civil servants drawn from the various ministries, departments and agencies of the state.
Shagari, who was represented by former Minister of Commerce, Alhaji Idris Koko, said SEDTF considered it imperative to assist civil servants gain computer technology knowledge.
His word: “The SEDTF is assuring the state government of continuous intervention along this line for the benefit of the state’s civil servants,” Shagari said.
In his remark, the Sokoto State Head of Service, Alhaji Bature Shinkafi described the training as a milestone geared towards manpower development.
He further stated that the training would make the civil service more vibrant in tune with global best practices.
“It will enhance efficiency and ultimately encourage productivity. Discipline and work ethics will also be projected for good governance, which the civil service is in dire need of. It will also bolster transparency, accountability, relations with the public, electronic-governance and electronic administration, among others,” he said.
Shinkafi also commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal for prioritising training of all cadres of civil servants within and‎ outside Nigeria.
Delivering a lecture, Prof Zayyanu Umar, Post Graduate School, Othman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, noted that the knowledge of computer was key to the development and overall progress of the society.
Represented by Dr Sani Ibrahim of the Political Science Department of the institution, Umar said, “Even developed countries of the world have continued to make computer literacy a matter of immense national importance.”
Meanwhile, a board member of the fund, Senator Mukhtar Abdulkareem urged participants to regard themselves privileged.

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