MDGs: Mass Sack Loom in Cross River Civil Service Over ICT Illiteracy

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Henceforth, civil servants who fail to acquire Computer and Information Technology basic education by the end of 2015 risk loosing their job.

The State Head of Service, Mary-Theresa Ikwen Stated this in calabar during her opening remark at a two-day sensitization workshop on computer skills acquisition for Civil and Public Servants in Cross River State.

She urged the Civil Servants to take the training seriously and apply the principles learnt in all aspects of their work.

She said constant usage of the computer systems to make creative design which she said was an important aspect of public service, could be achieved through basic computer training.

“By 2015, Civil Servants who fail to be computer literate may no longer be in service, and those that would be literate, would be promoted to the next levels” she said.

“Our determination to meet the MDG targets by 2015 is not in doubt, and you all must be part of the success story”

She reminded Civil Servants of the keynote address by the State Governor, during the 2013 Civil Service Day, and what the Governor said about the importance of computer literacy.

She reminded the civil servants that the governor had said on the occasion that the Cross River State Council Meeting has been restructured from “Paper Council” into “Paperless Council”, where all documents were now transferred digitally all around the State.

It would be recalled that the state government recently signed an MOU with a Communication giant, MTN to provide wireless and wifi services to all parts of Calabar and its environment by 2015 as part of the government effort to make Calabar a E-City.

However, checks by CrossRiverWatch revealed that less than 25% of the 19,000 Civil Servants In Cross River State are computer literate leaving the majority falling within the potency of ICT illiteracy with no major deliberate effort to tackle this sector by the government.

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