Ini Billie, Uyo
The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Samuel Ogbuku, has said the agency is poised to deliver sustainability and growth for the region.
Speaking on Friday in Uyo during a three-day training workshop for staff of the departments on the theme, “Building Capacity for Excellence”, Ogbuku said his administration was determined to make a difference, adding that communities within the region were eagerly looking up to the commission.
Ogbuku who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Obegha Oworibo, reminded staff of the Corporate Affairs Department that the unit serves as nexus between the organisation and its significant publics and must be properly positioned for greater productivity.
He said the training would assist the department through reviews of its professional activities, identify its strength and weaknesses as well as deepen its determination to work as a team.
“This training workshop is intended to review our professional activities and bring staff together; it will also expose our strengths and weaknesses and deepen our determination to work as a team.
“The team leads should be intentional about grooming subordinates and subordinates should be intentional to learn, unlearn and relearn. Therefore, I implore you to give this training workshop its desired attention,” he stated.
While speaking earlier, the Director, Corporate Affairs, NDDC, Dr Ibitoye Abosede said the success of the workshop was hinged on the ability of participants to apply what they have learnt.
Abosede explained that the training programme was necessitated by the recent unbundling of the department into five district units, and the need to bring staff up to date with expectations of their individual offices.
He listed the five units recently caved out of the department to include; Event Management and Protocol, Media Relations, Communication and Publications, Branding and New Media.
He assured participation that time-tested and proven professionals with deep knowledge and a wealth of experience were selected as resource persons to help enhance the performance of the staff.
“The success of this workshop would be noted in our ability to apply what we learn. Together we can create a positive and lasting impact in our communication efforts,” he said.
On his part, Managing Director of Clear Point, Media Consultant to NDDC and organisers of the event, Mr Moffat Ekoriko said the training was necessitated by the new employees in the agency and the need to bring them up to enlighten them on public communication.
Ekoriko mentioned that building a strong team is as important as building skills for the team, adding that the tasks and demands of public communication require a well-built capacity for excellent service delivery.