By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Information and Communication Technology Desk Officers in the National Youth Service Corps have been warned against indulging in any form of unethical practices that can affect the operations of the scheme.
The Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, gave the warning recently while addressing ICT Desk Officers from the 36 State Secretariats, as well as FCT and National Directorate Headquarters during a Workshop in Abuja.
Speaking at the workshop themed; “Enhancing ICT Desk Officers’ capacity on the NYSC Integrated System for Effective Service Delivery under the New Normal”, the Director-General said fraudulent manipulation of the ICT applications must be avoided at all cost.
He added that any officer caught with any form of sharp practices would be sanctioned appropriately.
‘While Management will continue to reward hardwork, anyone found indulging in unethical practices will be sanctioned appropriately.
On our part, we shall not relent on providing the necessary support for effective performance of your duties, and it is our ardent hope that you will continue to imbibe the ethics of honesty, dedication and hardwork for the progress of the Scheme,’ he said .
Ibrahim stated further that Information and Communication Technology plays a crucial role in the success of NYSC operations, especially with regards to the Mobilisation process, Orientation, Corps Monitoring and Certification, adding that the dynamic nature of NYSC operations and the operating environment equally places new demands on the skills and capabilities of the Scheme’s ICT personnel.
He therefore said Management would continue to accord priority to the training and retraining of the personnel with a view to deepening efficiency and ensuring that the Scheme remains relevant in all situations.
‘I wish to reaffirm Management’s commitment to the continued expansion and upgrade of our ICT infrastructure. We have commenced the construction of a state-of-the-art ICT Centre at the National Directorate Headquarters Complex, which, when completed will enable us optimize the usage of ICT for operational efficiency,’ he added.
General lbrahim reiterated that Management would continue to provide the necessary working tools for the ICT Department and its branches and Units in the Area Offices and State Secretariats.
‘We successfully deployed Prospective Corps Members and divided them into relatively smaller groups, each with separate date of reporting for Camp registration, for ease of compliance with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.