4 February 2013

Cameroon: Administrative Information - ENAM Trains Military Officers

What is information? How should it be processed? At what point should we consider information perishable? These are some of the worries officers in the Ministry of Defence will seek answers to, during a five-day training that opened in Yaounde on February 4 at the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM).

The multitude of documents manipulated in society and the number of actors in the management of information denatures its value and influences decision making. The Director General of ENAM, Linus Toussaint Mendjana, enjoined participants to take advantage and benefit from expertise so as to impact their ministry which has an insatiable quest for the effective implementation of its road map. Good management of information is an undeniable resource for the success of the Ministry of Defence, Mendjana stressed. Cognisant of the fact that poor management of information can lead to irreparable consequences to a nation, and given the fact that road maps need proper follow-up, participants in the training are acquiring skills on how to harmonise mechanisms on information management.

The representative of the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Colonel Julien Looga said the complexities in the chain of information circulation sometimes hinder the smooth implementation of missions, reason why they are taking nothing to chance to benefit from the training. "The way information is received and processed determines the success of its objective", Julien Looga explained. He said the way information is received at the mail service, sent to the appropriate service, can incite failure in its mission. "If you process information well, first at the mail service, be sure that the mission for which it is destined, might be attained," Looga hinted.

For five days running, experts in information management will drill military staff on the management of information systems, the techniques of management, the conservation of information, ICTs in the management of information, and the identification of key factors to the success of information management.

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