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The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has ended an Egovernment workshop on internet technology for IT personnel from government line ministries and agencies.

E government is a platform designed by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications to decentralize government development projects. Speaking Saturday, 26 September at the closing ceremony, the head of the Project Management Office, Darren Wilkins, said the essence of the five days training is to build the capacity of trainees.

“We have reached the end of this workshop, which was useful to our group and there is a need for our trainees to make maximum use of knowledge they got, because we all will benefit from the E government projects”.

Also speaking to the participants, training facilitator Dr. Paul Danquah, said he took the offer to come to Liberia to buttress the government’s efforts in making sure some of its plans are implemented, adding, “My coming here is to see this country become successful as it was in the past, to see Liberia coming from a difficult era with boost especially, where the deadly Ebola virus halted all developmental projects.”

He said Liberia has done well before, and there are still more to be done in terms of development. “Development is not easy around the world; if you want your country to be developed, there is a need for joint efforts in working together to put the country to where it belongs.”

According to the facilitator, the E government platform is a fast track approach in taking development to rural dwellers and outside of the country. Dr. Danquahsaid it was time trainees, who are direct beneficiaries of the exercise, do something that will attract the attention of the outside world, adding, “You guys are technicians; there were things you knew nothing about but with this training, I strongly believe from now on your performance will boost up the ICT Sector of this country.”

Meanwhile,deputy postal minister for technical services, Zotawon D.Titus,said this has been the cooperation that has been happening in the telecommunication sector of Liberia to strengthen the capacity of IT personnel in every sector of government.

He said it was about time trainees focus their attention on what will bring them future benefit. “If you think your coming here is to be on facebook, that’s up to you; it is your decision [choice] to retrogress or make progress.”

Minister Titus narrated that the E government platform is not an event, but a process that needs full cooperation of every sectoral head in advancing Liberia.

By Lewis S. Teh –Edited by Jonathan Browne

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