National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, Ondo a certified, proven and tested federal government outfit commissioned for capacity building of education sector planners and managers in Nigeria and the sub-sahara region in conjunction with Baze University, Abuja, organized a 2-day capacity building workshop for university administrators. The training programme with theme “Repositioning University Administrators for Greater Productivity” saw senior administrative officers from Baze University take a rare dip in the modular and experiential waters of capacity building NIEPA Ondo provides.

Baze university, Abuja which prides itself as an organization that delivers quality by having experienced international staff, superb teaching equipment, overseas external examiners, and first-rate buildings to guarantee standards, aims to provide university education to British standards in Nigeria at about half the cost of sending a student to study abroad.

Receiving the senior administrators in her office, NIEPA’s Director General, Professor Toun Akinsolu held that, it is not just the complexities of higher education management that challenges university administrators but weighty topics such as crisis management and strategic change.  While thanking them for their manpower development patronage, NIEPA’s boss highlighted the Institute’s achievements in the recent past to include the signing of a Memoranda of Understanding between Morgan State University, Maryland U.S.A and NIEPA which will involve areas of collaboration to include; designing of courses on management and school administration, designing framework for capacity development of school level managers and planners, award of degree and PGDE in Educational Administration and Planning, management training for school administrators, collaborative research on Teacher Professional Development Impact Assessment (IA) etc. she further briefed the participants that “we are thus expected to teach, train and build the capacities of personnel (students, school level managers and planners through continuing professional development and research).”

In one 90-minute facilitation seminar, Dr. Sunday Adegbesan, head Training department and a Senior Research Fellow at NIEPA, aimed to teach participants the art of effective business writing. “Being able to communicate effectively in writing is a skill that can be lacking, even among highly educated people,” the session facilitator said.

“Whether you are sending a quick e-mail to a colleague or drafting a report to senior management addressing complex matters, this will help you communicate your message clearly and succinctly.”

Another session, led by Moses Eyeruroma, a Senior Assistant Registrar also focused on literacy, introducing participants to Code of Conduct, Work Ethics and Communication. He stressed that “In a serious competitive business environment, organizations positioned for quality service delivery must inculcate into its operational structure and daily decision making process sets of behavioural standards in order to achieve its set goals and objectives. According to him, this can only be possible if the organization conducts its business in-line with rules and regulations that guides an organization. Mr. Eyeruroma further said “for the purpose of achieving the above objectives, there must an internal mechanism through which an organization disseminates the required information to the employee. Hence, work ethics and codes of conduct can be established through interventions of effective communication. Also, the organizational core values and culture can only be understood when the message is well communicated through right channels”.

Former DFID consultant James Fadokun, addressed the subject of Behavioral Management and Emotional Intelligence. He explained what Behavioural Management is, identified the features of Behavioural Management and explain approaches to Behavioural Management and Emotional Intelligence. He concluded by saying “The behavior exhibited by workers in an organization is an issue that must be taken serious. The principal officer or management staff also have the responsibility of their employees to behave well as thy discharge their daily duties”.

Other topics dissected by seasoned resource persons during the 2-day programme which lasted from Tuesday 11th February to Thursday 13th February, 2020 include; Students Management, Human Resource Management and E-Records.