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February 27, 2024
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Minister advocates tech workforce for public sector transformation

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By Jessica Dogo

The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, has advocated for a robust technology workforce to spearhead digital revolution in the public sector.

Tijani made the call at a one-day event titled “Talent, Technology and Transformation”.

The event was the inaugural ceremony of DevsInGovernment, which was supported by Galaxy Backbone on Thursday in Abuja.

DevsInGovernment is a community of technologists and tech enthusiasts in the Nigerian civil service.

The minister described the event as an avenue where Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government engage in discussions, share insights and collaboratively contribute to the digital processes in the public sector.

He noted that President Bola Tinubu’s mandate underscores the need for a technology-savvy workforce to achieve this objective.

Tijani outlined the event’s purpose, describing it as a platform for technologists within government agencies to collaborate, share insights, and collectively contribute to the digitalisation of public sector processes.

He announced plans to establish a dedicated hub for technologists to generate and support innovative ideas, fostering a culture of innovation in the public sector.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Faruk Yabo, highlighted the importance of an enabling environment, including policies and regulatory frameworks, for the development of various sectors.

Yabo shared the success story of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, which became the first fully digitised ministry in June.

Acting Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone, Abdul-Malik Suleiman, commended the minister for creating DevsInGovernment, emphasising the significance of building communities of professionals with shared ideas for successful digital transformation.

Suleiman envisioned the community as a platform for IT professionals to progress through different learning stages, ultimately contributing to transformative public service.

The establishment of DevsInGovernment signals a strategic move toward cultivating a technology-driven workforce capable of navigating the complexities of the 21st-century public sector. (NAN) www.nannews.ng

Edited by Deji Abdulwahab

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