By Michael Nnebife
The Anambra State Housing Development Corporation (ASHDC) in collaboration with Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Awka Area Office, has organised a two-day capacity-building workshop to reengineer its workforce for effective and efficient work performance.
The workshop, which took place at the ASHDC’s corporate hall, in Awka, Anambra State, had as facilitators, the ITF Area Manager, Awka Office, Mrs Nancy Effiong; the Head, Trainings, ITF Awka Area Office, Mr Franklin Okafor, among others.
Declaring the workshop open, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ASHDC, Mr Chike Anyaonu, reeled off the reason behind the event and urged the ASHDC staff members to utilise the opportunity offered by the occasion to acquire innovative skills.
‘What we’re here for is a simple one – to learn a new culture of doing things. We’re all aware that by this time last year, what we saw here wasn’t exactly what we saw in the middle and the end of the year.
‘Now, we’re to notch it up further – courtesy of ASHDC and ITF, for us to learn value-added skills that will enable us to perform our various duties and responsibilities better.
‘Therefore I enjoin you to sit down, relax, and listen very attentively to the plethora of lecture series ITF has for us; for certainly, we’re going to learn one thing or the other that will not only boost our morale, but also make us perform our duties effectively and efficiently,’ he said.
In her remarks, the ITF Area Manager, Awka Area Office, Mrs Effiong, whose lecture centred on the topic, “Reengineering workforce (to) reengineer the workplace”, underscored the importance of an organisation’s human resources, stressing that they essentially required reenginering for right attitudes and innovative skills to perform effectively and efficiently.
She explained that the workshop would lay special emphasis on soft skills of communication, leadership, vision, mission, ethics, among others; and expressed the belief that the skills, if learned and put into practice, would enable the trainees to perform their job effectively and efficiently.
In an interview with the press, the Head, Trainings, ITF Awka Area Office, Mr Okafor, described the workshop as imperative, noting that it would enable the ASHDC’s workers to come to terms with the new culture emerging from constant changes the world went through.
Also, in their separate interactions with the press, the Heads, Corporate Services, Media & Marketing; and Human Resources & General Services, ASHDC, Mrs Jane Okafor and Mr Victor Obiefuna, respectively, expressed optimism that the workshop would reengineer the staff’s work attitudes and put them in a proper perspective.
They thanked and extolled the commitment of the ASHDC’s Managing Director, Mr Anyaonu, in ensuring that the corporation innovatively grew in leaps and bounds.
Also, one of the participants, Mr Bartholomew Nwabude, expressed appreciation to the Management of ASHDC, and ITF for organising the workshop and pledged to make optimal use of the knowledge acquired through it to carry out his assignment effectively.