From: Linus Oota, Lafia
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has trained its 37 store officers across the country on the Federal Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) introduced by the federal government.
Director General of the corps, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure, on Monday, declared one day training workshop for 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) store officers open in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The GIFMIS was introduced and operational through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation since 2011 is aimed at improving the acquisition, allocation, utilisation and conservation of public financial resources using automated and integrated, effective, efficient and economic information systems.
Gen. Kazaure, who was represented by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the corps, Mrs. Bosede Aderibigbe, said the aim of the workshop was to reposition the activities of the NYSC scheme to acceptable and current best practices.
“This time around, it concerns GIFMIS introduced by the federal government. This component of economic reform and government project was designed to support the public resource management and strengthen anti-corruption initiative through the modernization of fiscal processes,” He said.
Kazaure added that the workshop will train the 37 NYSC store officers in the usage of automated system in improving the acquisition of public resources, diligent appraisal, stock taking and fine tuning of the store management process.
“This system has already been entrenched and operational at the National Directorate Headquarters level. There is therefore the urgent need to step down the process to the state level hence the approval for the training of store officers of various states secretariat.
“It is a continuation of management’s commitment at ensuring that officers saddled with any responsibility in the scheme are equipped with the right knowledge and skills for better performance,” He said.
The DG added “I therefore urged all participants to take full advantage of the workshop in getting yourselves ready in the course of this migration from present analogue to digital system. We cannot be left behind.”
Kazaure also assured that under his leadership, the NYSC management will continue to provide the enabling environment for its staff to perform optimally and ensure that they are adequately trained to bring out the best in them in their different schedule of duties.
Speaking earlier in his welcome address, a director i the NYSC, Alhaji Salisu Yakasai, explained that GIFMISo was aimed at improving the acquisition of public resources using automated system hence the necessity to train store officers to acquaint them with the provisions of GIFMIS.
“This training will certainly help to ease the problem that the store officers would face in the course of migration from analogue system to digital system. It is expected that at the end, NYSC store officers will have better understanding of GIFMIS and its functionalities”.
Yakassai further revealed that NYSC store officers will also be educated on the online computerization process on store and asset management and above all encourage store officers to wake up to their responsibilities as state managers in their respective states.