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In a bid to build the e-government capacity in Nigeria’s public service, the Federal Government has entered into partnership with the Republic of South Korea for both onshore and offshore capacity building in delivering government services through the use of information technologies.
The Director of Information at the Ministry of Communications, Mr. Alphonsus Okoroafor, who said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, said the programme was expected to train 22, 625 civil servants both in Nigeria and South Korea.
These include the Ministry of Communication Technology, Public Service Institute of Nigeria, National Information Technology Development Agency, Centre for Management Development, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, National Planning Commission, Galaxy Backbone Plc, National e-Government Strategies and the Federal Civil Service Commission.
Okoroafor said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria in 2012 reached out to the Republic of South Korea, through its development aid agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency, to implement the ‘Project for Capacity Building of e-Government in Nigeria.
“The project objective is to share Korea’s technical expertise and reinforce practical e-government capacity of Nigerian civil servants. It targets to train 22, 625 civil servants both in Nigeria and South Korea. The programme also includes the training of five civil servants in e-government Master’s degree in KOOKMIN University in Seoul, South Korea.
“Since the inception of this e-government project, KOICA has worked with all stakeholders. In November, 2014, 29 civil servants across MDAs visited Seoul, South Korea, for two-week training on e-government and to hold a stakeholders’ workshop which was meant to devise the e-government curriculum that will be taught in Nigeria from 2015 – 2018, at the e-government training centre to be established by KOICA.”
South Korea has been a global leader in e-government services. For three consecutive times (2010, 2012, and 2014), the country emerged first in the United Nations e-government readiness index survey.