Adequate Training For Staff Will Boost Productivity -Info. Director

…urges Information Officers to step up reportage of FCTA activities

By: Sunday Shekwonya

Effective training and retraining of staff remains the panacea for increased organizational productivity and effecincy in service delivery.

The Director of Information and Communication Department, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Muhammad Hazat Sule, stated this, Thursday, while declaring open a ‘One-Day’ training organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCTA Chapel (FCTA-NUJ), in Area 3, Garki I District, Abuja,.

Sule said, for staff to develop sufficient skills to enable them deliver on their primary responsibilities, training and retraining is key and a prerequisite toward actualizing organizational goal, being it a public or private establiment.

The Director, who was represented at the occasion by his Special Assistant (SA), Mr. Ben Ukeji, emphasized that the image makers of the FCT Administration must undergo regular rigorous professional trainings to effectively and efficiently carry out this noble task as the present Federal Capital Territory Administration, under leadership of the FCT Minister, Barr. Nyesom Wike, continues with the infrastructural revolution for the benefit of the residents.

Sule explained that the Information Officers that are well trained should be able to set agenda for a seemless management of information flow to the public on the on-going transformation in the FCT.

According to him, lack of training and retraining of staff can negatively impact on an organization and its set targets.

He, therefore, charged the participants at the training to use the opportunity provided by the visionary leadership of NUJ-FCTA Chapel to improve on their professional skills.

The Director enjoined the participants to set appropriate agenda for the FCT Administration by giving a wider and effective coverage of all the activities of the administration, especially the mass infrastructural growth executed by the present administration in all the nooks and crannies of the Federal Capital Territory.

Sule said that Nyesom Wike’s Administration is breaking new frontiers in the provision of infrastructure across the Territory and as Information Officers, it is their duty to ensure that both willing and unwilling members of the public are informed about the good works of the present FCTA.

The Director reiterated that as Information Officers, “we should take advantage of any available opportunities to publicize the activities of the government”.

He added that the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is being actualize in every facet of the Federal Capital Territory by the Minister.

Speaking earlier, the Chairperson, NUJ-FCTA Chapel, Ngozi Uloma Ufomba, said that the training and retraining of members of the Union is a necessity to any organization that yearns for positive growth in their productivity and service delivery.

Ufomba, who revealed that the training of Information Officers (IOs) across all the Secretariat, Departments and Agencies of the FCTA is organized by the leadership of NUJ-FCTA Chapel as part of fulfilment of the campaign promises made before electing the present officials of the Union.

She revealed that the training is anchored on, ‘Corporate Communication Strategies/Public Relations and Administrative Procedures,’ which is aimed at enhancing professional skills of Information Officers for proper reportage of the activities of FCT Administration.

Ufomba charged all the participants to make appropriate use of the grace that has been granted to them by the Union; adding that this training would take place in batches as others IOs would also be carefully selected across all the Secretariat, Departments and Agencies of the FCTA for the purpose of efficient and effective discharge of duties.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairperson of the Federal House of Representatives Press Corps, Grace Ike, said journalism itself is about competency; thus staff must be trained properly to enable them sustain the existing integrity of the profession.

Ike, who congratulated the Batch ‘A’ participants, enjoined them to take seriously, the gesture of the pragmatic leadership of the present administration of NUJ FCTA Chapel.