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Kwara Govt distributes computers to MDAs

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Friday flagged off the distribution of computers and other office tools to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.

Speaking at the presentation of the items, AbdulRazaq said the administration purchased the computers – desktop and laptop, monitors, printers, UPS, and photocopiers – to equip the civil service with modern tools and make the workers more efficient.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the items included 100 HP desktop computers, 100 HP Monitors (18.5’), 100 HP printers, 100 UPS, 50 Sharp photocopiers (AR602); and 20 HP laptop computers.

According to him, the decision to procure the computers and other office items is as a result of his discovery that most of the offices either did not have them or the ones they had were not working.

“We are here to unveil these innovation tools to make work easier for you.

“Going through ministries, I saw that these equipment were lacking. I saw archaic equipment in offices, mostly not working, with civil servants going to business centres to type and print letters. This will be a thing of the past.

“I am not saying that these equipment will solve all your problems today, but just like a journey of a thousand miles which starts with a step, I believe this is a first step and we will continue to build on this,” he said.

He described the civil service as a good system with good people which also required adequate tools to deliver on its mandate, adding: “I hope this will help you in your productivity.”

The Head of Service, Dr Susan Modupe Oluwole, commended the governor for rewriting the story of the civil service in the state.

“I don’t know for long we have been working without tools. If we get paid and there are no tools to work with, it makes no difference.

“So, this is a new era and we are excited that we are now getting tools to work with,” she said.

Dr Garba Manjo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Housing,  hailed AbdulRazaq for stabilising the civil service.

According to him, the governor’s decision not to hurriedly scatter workers around after he was sworn in is a testimony of his maturity and respect for institutions.

“Your Excellency,  we thank you for the good work you have been doing for the service for past seven months.

“We thank you for the completion of the state secretariat. We thank you for the prompt payment of salaries. We thank you for the timely release of operational grants to MDAs.

“We thank you for the stability you have brought into the service. In the past, we were used to changing all officers across all levels with the change in government.

“But you chose to stabilise the service and this surprised everybody. We also thank you for ending the era of no cash backing.

“We thank you for the distribution of these computer sets which will enhance our operational efficiency.

“You have restored the state to the era of ‘administocracy’ which we witnessed last in the 1970s and 1980s,” mango said.

NAN also reports that the event was attended by top government functionaries and senior civil servants, especially representatives of the various MDAs who received the tools on behalf of their offices.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Tajudeen Atitebi

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