NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE TRAINS GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MANAGEMENT STAFF ON PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS SKILLS FOR ENHANCED ORGANIZATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY

Group Picture of Participants and Facilitators
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The National Productivity Centre on the 15th and 16th of November, 2021 at Watbridge Hotels and Suites, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State held a workshop on “Applying Personal Effectiveness skills towards achieving increased organizational productivity” for the Governing Council members and Directors/ Heads of Departments in collaboration with RADCOM Nigeria Limited.

The top level workshop was put together to build synergy between members of the Governing Council and Directors/Heads of Departments for implementing the Centre’s Programmes and Initiatives. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the two days workshop, Dr. Kashim Akor, the Director-General of the Centre defined the objectives of the training to be beyond training and learning to knowledge co-creation and sharing by the Governing Council members and the Directors/HODs to forge a common front in taking the Centre forward in terms of achieving its mandate, which will benefit the Nigerian people.

Dr. Kashim Akor – Director General, NPC

The workshop had several sections and activities that engaged the Directors and Council members. The workshop began with an address by the Director-General on the state of the Centre which revealed the success story, achievements, challenges and future plans of the Centre. The technical papers that created the atmosphere for virile conversations and deliberations were as follows: Applying Effectiveness towards Achieving Increased Productivity, Managerial Functions, Roles and Skills, Communication Skills and Work Etiquettes, Transformational Leadership for High Productivity, Attitudinal Change for Better Productivity and Administrative Principles, Processes and Practices.

At the end of the technical session a communiqué committee drafted the high points and issues aimed at improving productivity in the Public Sector. The workshop came to a close with closing remarks by the Chairman of the Governing Council, Barr. Eyo Nsa Ekpo who charged all to utilize the knowledge gathered at the workshop for productivity improvement at individual and organizational levels.

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP  ON APPLYING PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS TOWARDS ACHIEVING INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY ORGANIZED FOR MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL AND DIRECTORS IN COLLABORATION WITH RADCOM NIGERIA LIMITED AT WATBRIDGE HOTEL AND SUITES, UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE FROM MONDAY, 15TH to TUESDAY, 16TH NOVEMBER, 2021

1.0 PREAMBLE

The National Productivity Centre organized a Two-Day Workshop on “Applying Personal Effectiveness towards Achieving Increased Productivity” for Members of the Governing Council and Directors in Collaboration with Radcom Nigeria Limited. It was held at Watbridge Hotel and Suites, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from Monday, 15th – Tuesday, 16th November, 2021. The workshop was attended by 28 participants drawn from the State Offices and Corporate headquarters of the Centre.

The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen the synergy between members of the Governing Board and the Directors/Heads of Departments of the Centre in order to build the momentum for confronting productivity related challenges at national levels. The workshop was also aimed at sharpening the skills and enhancing the capacity of the Council Members and Directors to perform their on their activities in the Centre.

The welcome address for the opening session of the workshop was delivered by Bar, Eyo Nsa Ekpo, Chairman of the Governing Council, National Productivity Centre while the goodwill message was delivered by Dr. Kashim Akor, Director General / CEO National Productivity Centre.

  • The unproductive working environment pervading the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs);
  • The need to launch the National Productivity Movement in Nigeria;
  • The imperative for attitudinal change on the part of the public servants; and
  • The establishment of a productivity presence in all MDAs to sustain productivity consciousness at organizational level.

After the technical sessions, five critical observations were made, especially concerning productivity of the public sector in Nigeria:

  1. The low level of regular training and re-training necessary to build the competencies of growing officers;
  2. The unproductive working environment pervading the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs);
  3. The need to launch the National Productivity Movement in Nigeria;
  4. The imperative for attitudinal change on the part of the public servants; and
  5. The establishment of a productivity presence in all MDAs to sustain productivity consciousness at organizational level.

2.0 RECOMMENDATIONS

Following extensive deliberations by all the participants on how productivity of the public sector could be improved, the following recommendations were made: 

  1. MDAs should ensure regular training and re-training of staff from time to time /adopt a structured on the job type of training to build competencies and hone the skills of officers.
  2. All MDAs should ensure the provision of a conducive working environment (furniture, tools of trade, etc.,) that will spur productivity of their employees.
  3. The National Productivity Centre should ensure that the National Productivity Movement is launched by Mr. President and sustained by the implementation of the articles in the National Policy on productivity;
  4. To consolidate its efforts at changing the mindset of workers in the public sector, the Centre should persuade the government to employ the use of technology to enforce attitudinal change in the public sector; (Clock-in tech, Deployment of Anonymous Reporting Systems by the Head of Service, etc.);
  5. Mainstream productivity content in the mandatory training provided by the Public Service Institute (PSI);
  6. The National Productivity Centre must establish Productivity Units (PUs) in all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to sustain productivity consciousness;
  7. Government should consider implementing a service wide 360 Degree Performance Appraisal System (3600 PAS) especially for top management of MDAs in order to improve the quality of leadership therein;
  8. A compulsory induction should be implemented service wide for newly recruited employees in the public service (only the right people are an asset in an organization); and
  9. The National Productivity Centre must push the frontier for target setting for all MDAs in order to simplify the public service measurement effort it undertakes. It must also explore ways of ranking MDAs according to performance and ensure the scorecard is published and widely circulated.

Endorsed by 25 participants that attended the training.

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