The 2nd Abia State University (ABSU) Registry workshop, ended with a charge to Staff to embrace E- Administration and update their knowledge on Information Communication Technology(ICT), in order to move the University forward.
Declaring the workshop open, the Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne, represented by the University Librarian, Distinguished Professor Udo Nwokocha, enjoined the Staff of the University to upgrade their capacity in Service delivery through E- Administration.
He commended the Registrar, Dr (Mrs) Evelyn Iheukwumere for organizing the workshop and for her continued commitment and dedication towards the Change mantra of the current administration of the University and prayed that the dividends of the workshop will be translated into renewed positive work attitude by the Staff.
In her keynote address, the Registrar, Dr (Mrs) Evelyn Iheukwumere, while thanking the Vice Chancellor Professor Ikonne for his support and express approval of the Workshop, stated that it will equip the participants with the basic dynamic administrative and Technical skills required for the efficient discharge of their duties, as well as improve service delivery.
She admonished the participants to make judicious use of the workshop and acquire fresh knowledge to drive ” Our Story must change” mandate of the Administration.
The Guest Speaker, Professor S. Oluwo, from the University of Portharcort, speaking on the theme of the workshop ” NUGGETS FOR SUSTAINABLE ADMINISTRATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION” stated the need for Staff members to begin to learn “how to work smart, rather than working hard” in an era of E- Admnisration.
According to him, working smart invovles using ICT to drive administration, and being conversant and knowledgeable in proper use of computers and other electronic gadgets to accomplish tasks.
He pointed out that the global enviromental challenges coupled with the ICT revolution and recession, can no more accommodate old ways of doing things, hence the need for Staff to change their attitude in the way they handle jobs given to them, because ” the life and death of the University is in their hands”, he says.
The workshop, which later divided into group discussions/ Interraction was attended by some Principal Officers and the entire Administrative/ Executive Staff, Secretarial, Bursary, Technologists, Clerical/ Estate Staff from the main campus as well as Umuahia and Aba locations of the University.