Mayors of the South West Region and IT Administrators of their councils are being equipped with digital skills needed to optimize decentralized processes in their municipalities as well as improve on public service delivery through the integration of ICTs into daily council operations. This is the substance of a three-day capacity building seminar on ICTs for municipal councils of the South West Region organised by ANTIC which kick-started Wednesday April 05, 2022 in Limbe.
Resource persons drawn from ANTIC, the National Civil Status Office (BUNEC) the Ministry of Decentralization and Local Development (MINDDEVEL), the Special Council Support Fund for Mutual Assistance (FEICOM) and participants are engaged in meaningful and insightful discussions tailored to spur the adoption and effective use of ICTs in their daily council operations.
Speaking at the start of the seminar, ANTIC’s Director General, Prof. Ebot Ebot Enaw underscored that the seminar which is taking place under the theme “Fostering the adoption of ICTs in local councils to boost service delivery,” comes on the heels of two past editions which took place in Bafoussam in 2020 and Ebolowa in 2021 and is organised within the ambit of ANTIC’s contribution to the decentralization effort undertaken by the government.
He noted that “as enablers of the transparent management of resources and drivers of good governance and job creation, ICTs can help councils significantly improve the living conditions of citizens in their municipalities.” The seminar which runs through Thursday April 7, 2022 will see the council staff trained on themes hinged on the transformational potential of ICTs and include inter alia :
The Councils are expected to put into effective use skills and competences acquired in the course of the three-day event to help drive the ICT penetration rate in their various municipalities with the endgame being the improvement of living conditions of citizens through enhanced service delivery and job creation.