indexHoS, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, has charged civil servants to be conversant with the latest developments in Information, Technology and Communication, ICT.

She gave the order in an interview with journalists in Abuja shortly after rewarding 12 civil servants for their punctuality and commitment to work.

She ordered civil servants in the country to develop computer skills or forfeit their promotions.

According to her, any federal civil servant who fails to sharpen his or her skill in computer would not partake in computer-based promotion examinations as the Federal Government would soon switch from biro-to-paper examinations to computer-based exams for onward promotions and advancement in the civil service.

According to her the use of computers has been the major vehicle of change in the transition from industrial to information age,  that automation of information activities in office had changed the nature of office work and had highly affected the activities of knowledge on workers.

“I decide to shift from the impunity of lateness to work to punctuality and commitment to work in order to serve as encouragement to others and also spur some others to improve on their attitude to work.

“Computer has made sending of information from one source to the other easier and simpler.

“It has become an indispensable tool for individual and national empowerment, improvement, development and actualization of service,” she said.

She warned that civil servants who are in the habit of abstaining from their duty posts without prior permission or who report to work late or even close before the official working hours would henceforth be sanctioned according to the Public Service Rules,”

The 12 civil servants were  presented with certificates of commendation and a Laptop each .