The Faculty of Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has organised a 2-day training for members of its registry staff which took place on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
The event, which took place at the headquarters of the university in Jabi, Abuja, was aimed at enlightening the staff about their work ethics in order to enhance their performance.
Addressing the participants, the acting director of Human Resources, Dr. Muyiwa Akintola, said the training was arranged to educate registry staff of the faculty on how to play their roles as the university administrators, which is the key role in every university.
He expressed that as administrators, “when you are posted to one directorate, department, unit or office in the university circle the accumulative effects make one an administrator in the university,” adding that “the frequent duties assigned to an administrator can be of help to them to learn on the job that is if they embrace it as experience knowledge.”
He opined that the improper code of dressing should be moderate. As administrator ‘’you dress smartly, an administrator should be a role model for others. I observed that an administrator do not dress appropriate.
“On Mondays, we are to wear corporate and Wednesdays we are enjoined to put on our advocacy wear which was made for us to advocate to the environment around Abuja metropolis that we are from NOUN. As an administrator dress smart.”
He added that they should be respectful of the hierarchy, saying that “even if the person is a step ahead of you or a year interval because I have observed that the level of disrespect is so obvious since we were all referred here to work, some of us have seized that opportunity given to us by our referrals to misbehave forgetting that the gave us job and we should not expect them to do the job for us.”
Akintola urged everyone at the event to endeavour and have a copy of the university rules and regulations or condition of service, which will assist them to carry out their job effectively.
Also speaking at training, the Principal Assistant Registrar, Staff Training and Development, Ms. Mable Madu said Information and Communication Technology has made record keeping very easy for the university as an Open and Distance Learning institution.
“Information is very important for the day-to-day operations. Administrative record could be in form of memos, minutes of meetings, report e.t.c.
‘’As a registry staff, If you are given a memo, you are expected to record it electronically because our focus is on I.C.T. You are supposed to gather every information about research from the lecturers and do a proper documentation because we are in an academic environment,” she said.
Madu added that the use of I.C.T has positively impacted the record management profession and record life cycle, sharing of records, distribution, dissemination of information, retrieval and discovery of record in an organisation.