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Nigeria Police embraces IT empowerment scheme

Posted by By Stanley Opara on 2008/07/21 | Views: 2250 |

Nigeria Police embraces IT empowerment scheme


The Nigerian Police has embraced a one-month information technology empowerment programme in order to equip its officers and men with requisite IT skills necessary to combat crimes.

The Nigerian Police has embraced a one-month information technology empowerment programme in order to equip its officers and men with requisite IT skills necessary to combat crimes.

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Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro

The programme is aimed at empowering members of the force with requisite IT skills to face technological challenges in the digital age, of which the services of the police are indispensable.

The Training Manager, Ivory Learning Academy, Mr. Chibuogu Okolugbo, said the move was timely considering the level of IT penetration in the public and private sector, noting that the activities of the Nigeria Police remained relevant in sustaining the sectors.

In a statement on Friday, Okolugbo commended the initiative and noted that Nigerians and indeed various government institutions had woken up to the reality of the inevitability of computer education as the lack of it in a technologically and knowledge-driven economy could be retrogressive.

“In response to the call for a paradigm shift to electronic governance, organisations, especially the private sector, and non-governmental organisations that are result-oriented, invest heavily now on computer training programmes for their staff and employees,” he said.

One of such organisations, he noted, was the Nigeria Police, noting that the Inspector-General, Mr. Mike Okiro, had at various fora emphasised the need to train officers and men of the Nigeria Police on best practices as obtainable in other parts of the world to enable them rise up to security challenges in an economy in which crime had gone digital.

This prompted the approval of the computer training programme for the officers and men of the Jos Police Command in Plateau State, which was conducted by Ivory Learning Academy, an Abuja-based training institute.

The one month training programme, which took place at the Mopol 8 Primary School, brought together over 100 officers and men of the Nigeria Police from the Anglo Jos Division Police Command, comprising Rantya division, the Police Band and Mopol 8.

The training exercise was aimed at ensuring that every participant had basic knowledge of the computer and its functions, and according to Okolugbo, “The method applied was both practical and theory”.

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