Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has advised civil servants in the state to fit into the information technology age as part of the expected change in his administration or opt out for people who can.
Akeredolu said his administration would not tolerate computer illiteracy in the state civil service, saying it would better for the service if all the workers were computer literate. He, therefore, asked any worker that is not ready to comply with the use of computer to resign.
Akeredolu stated this during the inauguration of the Ondo State Integrated Financial Management Information System project in Akure, the state capital.
The event, held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the governor’s office, had the state’s top senior civil servants in attendance.
The governor, who commended the resilience and willingness of the civil servants to work for the good of the state, regardless of the challenges, explained that the SIFMIS project would improve the productivity of the workers.
He said, “We are starting a change with you because you are the engine room of the government and this government is determined to perform.
“This project is about being computer literate; it is not to take away your jobs but you must be computer literate to make it effective. If you cannot cope, you can resign; we are not going back again.”
According to the governor, the SIFMIS project would assist the state in generating more revenue internally and enhance good governance through the application of technology.
“SIFMIS will support capacity building efforts aimed at erecting an institutional framework for the public service in compliance with international best global practice,” Akeredolu said.
He urged the civil servants in the state to support and cooperate with the consultant that would train them on the implementation of the SIFMIS project.
Earlier, in his remarks, the Accountant-General of the state, Mr. Laolu Akindolire, explained that SIFMIS would facilitate complete and timely exchange of data and information among ministries, departments and agencies.
“In order to strengthen the workforce and bring about efficient service delivery, the state government, with the support of the World Bank, embarked on carrying out the public sector reform programmes.
“SIFMIS is one of the sub-components of the Ondo State Public Sector Governance Reform Project. As the name implies, it is the warehouse of data for all government business processes.