Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state says the state government plans to train 23,361 civil servants to enable them be­come computer literate.
Malam Imam Imam, the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the governor said this in a state­ment he issued in Sokoto on Sunday.
Imam said already the gov­ernor has granted approval to the state Head of Service, Dr Buhari Kware, to com­mence the exercise to en­hance the progression of the civil servants.
The governor said: “We are embarking on this impor­tant project to increase effi­ciency in the civil service of the state.
“In this age and time, no progress can be made with­out the knowledge of com­puter and by extension, information and communi­cation technology (ICT).
“The milestones achieved in the sector in the state as can be seen from award of best state in ICT from the Nigerian Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Abuja should be sustained and built upon.
“We have involved the leadership of labour unions for easy mobilisation. We hope the workers, who are direct beneficiaries will show enough dedication and com­mitment to the training.”
The governor’s aide further quoted Tambuwal as adding that the special computer training would be conduct­ed in six centres situated at three state-owned tertiary institutions and the Sokoto Education Development Trust Fund.
The institutions are: So­koto State University, Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic and Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE), Sokoto.
“The Central Coordination for the training will be lo­cated at Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, under the su­pervision of the Rector of the institution, Prof. Aminu Ibrahim, to be assisted by five others.