Service delivery: Police Affairs Ministry trains directorate cadre on ICT


The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo has advised the directorate cadre in the ministry to improve their skills in the use of Information Communication Technology, ICT tools, especially PowerPoint, Excel, and others that would enhance their duty for effective service delivery to the nation.

Sani-Gwarzo spoke on Monday during an intensive training programme for the directorate cadre on Grade Levels 17-15 on using PowerPoint and other tools for work proficiency at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

The permanent secretary, according to a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry, Bolaji Kazeem, said that the ministry “is using the training to expose directors to the availability of numerous tools in the PowerPoint that will enhance their presentation on monitoring and evaluation of projects, routine activities, and others adding that the more they apply it the more they will be versatile in the use of the ICT tools.”

“I want to advise the directors, deputy and assistant directors do not allow someone to prepare your PowerPoint, do it yourself.

“Very soon the forthcoming Performance Management System (PMS) introduced by the Head of the Service of the Federation will not allow you to use other people’s skills but your skills.

“As a rule of thumb, everyone must own a laptop even if government is not providing enough, buy your own laptop. It is like food for you on your job,” he stressed.

In his presentation, the Force Medical Officer, CP. Dr. Emmanuel N. Garba, a Commissioner of Police, CP, pointed out that the Nigeria Police Medical Services has a total of 164 healthcare facilities across the country, in all the Police Commands, Zones, and formations with different levels of healthcare delivery systems ranging from primary, secondary and tertiary health care.

He noted the challenges that militate the effective and efficient performance of its personnel in the area of disease prevention, management, and treatment, using cutting-edge technologies and maintaining global best practices such as manpower shortages, lack of basic and life support ambulances, and adequate funding.

Reacting, the Permanent Secretary assured that once the ongoing police reforms are actualized, everything will take shape, noting that the ministry was ready to support the Nigeria Police Force and its Medical Department to achieve optimum service delivery.

“The worst thing we can do to ourselves as a nation is to assume that we cannot change status quo ante, but the best thing to happen is not a journey to ultimate designation but the planning and setting the foundation stone of that journey.

“This is the best alignment I have seen in a long time, the President is ready, the ministry and Nigeria Police Force are ready and all Nigerians believe that NPF is seriously understaffed/underserved however, if NPF is supported to an optimum level, Nigeria will be a better place to live in,” Sani-Gwarzo said.