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Civil servants seek more training on Website security, management, to promote govt programmes

“Vulnerabilities in websites is a weakness, and I now know what to do, as a security breach on any website can cause serious damage to an organistion,” he said.

By Bridget Ikyado

Participants at the just concluded two-day capacity building programme on website development and hosting have urged the Federal Government to provide more training on ICT to help in promoting its policies and programmes.

The News  Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 100 civil servants participated in the website development and hosting training, organised by the
Bureau of Public Reforms Service (BPRS).

Some of the participants told NAN that the training, which ended on Wednesday in Abuja, was highly educative.

They called on government to frequently organise such programmes, so as to keep civil servants abreast of developments in the ICT sector and apply it appropriately to enhance service delivery.

Grace Isola of Software and Development Unit, Federal Road Safety Corps, said issues analysed during the training were important to road safety management.

She pledged to cascade the knowledge learnt to help her colleagues enhance the quality of their jobs.

Suleiman Abdurazaq, a Web Master with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, said the training had provided him with “new angles, updates and knowledge” that would add value to his work.

Also, Mukhtar Bala, an engineer with NAN, commended the Bureau for organising the training, adding that he learnt a lot, especially on web security  and optimisation, which was a recurring problem at his place of work.

“Web security is needed on any e-platform to safeguard  your work.

“Web security is any action or application meant to ensure that data is not exposed to cyber criminals, who change your documents and add up false information  to cause damage.

“Vulnerabilities in websites is a weakness, and I now know what to do, as a security breach on any website can cause serious damage to an organistion,” he said.

Also, Safiya Hanafi, an Assistant Chief Investment Officer in the Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), said she would apply the knowledge to ensure optimum utilisation of the council’s website.

Another participant, Mr Edu Oladapo, Deputy Director ICT in NIPC, said the training had exposed him to the importance of “shared and dedicated services”, which for a government office was better and cost effective.

He said shared services reduces burden on servers and help to secure them.

Oladapo commended NIDTA for promoting indigenous  ICT goods.

Ekong Joseph, Senior Manager, Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Limited said the use of ICT in MDAs will ease work load and fast track delivery of services.

“I have learned easy ways to store and retrieve data without loss, I now know how to renew retrieved documents on devices,” he said.

Ifeanyi Nwoko, a Principal Correspondent with NAN said his belief that .com was better than .ng has been changed.

“I also understand the economic benefit to Nigeria of patronising the .ng,” he said, and appreciated the organisers and called for more of such training.

In his closing remarks, Director General of BPSR, Mr Dasuki Arabi commended all participants for their commitment to the training.

He said the Federal Government was committed to ensuring that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have effective websites to facilitate enhanced services to the public.

The director general said the ongoing ranking of MDAs websites was not meant to shame any organisation, but to promote effective ICT usage in delivery of government services.(NAN)