By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra state, Dr. Tessy Okoli, has stressed the need for a new orientation to work ethics and compliance with civil service rules among public servants.
She said the performance deficit witnessed in the public sector could be reversed with regular training and sensitisation programmes.
The provost stated this at a sensitisation workshop on work ethics for staff organised by the college in collaboration with the National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE) and an educational consultancy firm, SEFAN Consult at the college auditorium.
Okoli recalled that the Staff Audit Committee and Certificate Verification Committee from the NCCE at their last visit to the College, identified some flaws and called for a training workshop on Civil Service Rules, ethical values and dress code. According to her, “In an attempt to ensure harmony in work place, the NCCE recommended among others, sensitisation workshop where staff would be updated on issues bordering on, attitude to work, conditions of service, financial management and staff development.”
She disclosed that the college had assembled resource persons with a view to retraining its staff on acceptable rules of work and warned that the college would not tolerate further misdemeanour of non-compliance to ethical values.
The provost assured the staff that the college management would continue to reward diligent staff through welfare packages and other incentives to encourage hard work.
“Workers displaying good work ethics are considered for higher positions and more responsibilities. Such people are honest, responsible, reliable and dependable assets to this institution,” she added.
Also speaking, the executive secretary of NCCE, Prof. Muhammadu Bappa-Aliyu, commended the college for organising the workshop and urged the participants to utilise the exercise to increase their knowledge and competence in key areas.
Bappa-Aliyu, represented by the director, personnel management, NCCE, Mrs. Jumai Suleiman, stressed the need for civil servants to abide by ethical values, while also enjoining civil servants to cultivate the virtues of selflessness in the discharge of duties.
Presenting a paper titled, ‘Attendance: Punctuality, staff development, discipline, examination malpractice, staff/students relationship and dress code’, a former dean, Political Science Department, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Prof Obiajulu Obikeze, decried truancy among civil servants, maintaining that, for any organisation to thrive, punctuality and discipline must be taken seriously.
“Those who have found their way in this profession should be undergoing series of training and retraining programmes to intimate them with the trending issues of the modern society.
“Facilities, equipment and conducive environment should be provided and maintained to make the teachers more productive. Incentives, such as car loans, house loans, official residence should be made available to make the teachers concentrate and enjoy their job”, he added.
In their separate speeches, participants, Jacy Nwankwo and Ugochi Nwokonkwo said they learnt much from the workshop and commended the college management for organising the event. They described the workshop as ‘insightful and enlightening’.
While applauding the initiative, a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology, Abubakar Muhammed Sanni said, “the workshop was commendable. Attending it has increased my knowledge and consciousness towards being more efficient and effective in job performance. I thank the college management for this laudable programme. More power to their elbow,” he said.