Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said that the determination of his administration to ensure e- governance is a foregone conclusion because the state cannot afford to be left behind in the scheme of things in a changing world.
“We promised to move Kano to the next level and in doing so, we must be IT compliant. E-governance is the issue everywhere and we must adapt to this change so that our civil service can revolutionise service delivery”, the governor stated.
He said his administration acknowledges the fact that “paperless administration” was one of the tools geared towards effective civil service delivery, hence the need for civil servants in the state to be IT savvy.
Ganduje made the assertion during the foundation laying ceremony of a multi million naira computer laboratory and examination center in Kano city. It was constructed as a social responsibility undertaking, by Credit Direct Ltd.
He said, “This is to ensure that the civil service becomes a faster and more transparent entity. This will also help to save costs in terms of buying paper and other things.
“You will recall that we promised to reform the civil service and we have started with the selection of new permanent secretaries. We gave them a working template. We are now moving to job enlightenment and training of our workers to enable them to cope with ICT and other challenges of modernity.”
He stated that the computer laboratory and examination center would go a long way in assisting the state government to attain its vision of ensuring a contemporary civil service.
He expressed appreciation to Credit Direct Ltd for embarking upon the project saying, “it is a very good legacy, not just a huge advertisement and we shall never forget you”.
He urged other corporate entities to emulate the worthy example.
Head of Civil Service, Dr Kabir Shehu said:”Part of the priorities set by the present administration is utilization of ICT in all facets of government as the foundation for e-governance and best practice in the civil service.
“The Center will be utilized for capacity building of civil servants, the conduct of the civil service promotional examination, various IT based programmes as well as a potential revenue institution for the state,” Shehu stated.