By Oluwakoyode Banjo

Oyo State Government has trained 40 junior staff members on Grade Level 3-6 on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training, emphasizing the need for them to master technological skills.

The Permanent Secretary, who oversees activities at Ministry of Establishment and Training, Mr. Paul Oyekunle made this known while declaring open a series of one-day workshop for personnel in the state, held at Simeon Adebo Staff Development Center, secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

The Permanent Secretary said this is in accordance with the best practices towards enhancing capacity building, efficient and effective service delivery within the overall content of civil/public service.

Oyekunle said, the training which is in series, is a refresher course for key officers across ministries, departments and agencies of government, and is expected to last for three weeks with different related topics of discuss.

He explained further that, the series of training has buttressed the government’s commitment to workers development and welfarism as the present administration under the leadership of Engr Seyi Makinde opined that, only a well trained workforce can best serve the government and the governed.

Oyekunle stated that, the training is timely and appropriate just as the government is striving to promote and leverage technology for effective governance and discharge of duties.

“It is the first of its kind in the second term of His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde led administration in the state, as we have started today, it potent a great omen for the service and we expect more of it to come in this year and the nearest future.”

“Training is very important and there is no substitute for it, without training, there is no way the skill of the officer can be enhanced, no way their capacity can be build up and anyone who wants to be relevant in the society must embrace Information and Communication Technology (ICT) because it is the currency to be traded with in the contemporary world.”

Earlier in her welcome address, the Director, Management, Secretarial, Computer and Business Studies, Mrs Stella Okedum said the series of one day workshop is to develop and enhanced participants duty delivery ability particularly in the use of ICT tools and skills for overall improved service delivery.

She enjoined them to use the training opportunity for personal development and benefits of their ministries, departments and agencies and the service at large.

Courses lined up in series of the three weeks workshop programme are; Basic ICT Application Programme (Batch II), Basic ICT Application Programme (Batch III), ICT Skill Improvement Workshop, Capacity Building Workshop on Secretarial Competence Development and Effective Office Coordination Strategies.

Others are, Effective PowerPoint Presentation Skills, and Deployment of MS PowerPoint Skill for Effective Presentation.

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