The ongoing staff training undertaken by Ministry of Information and Strategy within and outside the shores of Nigeria is in keeping with the human capacity development plank of the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s second term Completion Agenda.
So far, staff have undergone training in Sign and Chinese language, Public Relations Certificstion programme as well as overseas Leadership Skills and Management programme in far away United Arab Emirates, all geared at workforce development and human capacity building as enshrined in the Human Capacity Development Agenda of the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration.
The state commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong made this known Tuesday, 22nd March, in the Conference room of the Ministry, while receiving staff of the Ministry who just returned from a Staff Training Course in Dubai.
Ememobong who said, the importance of staff training cannot be over emphasized said, it was in realisation of the necessity of workforce development that, Governor Udom Emmanuel had since on assumption of office continued to train and retrain the workforce to sharpen their skills and enhance their knowledge for expertise and proficiency towards improved performance and maximum productivity.
He said to this end, 360 youths of the State were sent to Israel for training in various agricultural enterprises, adding that, in the same vein, seven staff of the Ministry were sent for training in Dubai to enable them have exposure on the 21st century training methodology and exposure to new skills for favourablecompetition with contemporaries across the globe in efficient service delivery.
He congratulated the staff for being worthy Ambassadors of the Ministry and the State at large with good ethical and moral conduct throughout their stay in Dubai and urged them to reciprocate the kind gesture of the Ministry with the training sponsorship by bringing to bear, lessons learnt at training in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking, the permanent secretary, Akparawa James Edet, expressed deep gratitude to God for the safe arrival of the staff from the United Arab Emirates and extended appreciation to the commissioner for his “Can do” spirit even when it looks bleak and impossible.
Akparawa James Edet therefore prayed God to grant the Information Commissioner the strength and resources for more exploits ahead, wishing him success throughout his sojourn in the Ministry and in all his future endeavours.
In her remarks on behalf of the Dubai Ambassadors of the Ministry, the Director of Administration and Supplies, MrsTiuba Nduonofit, expressed gratitude to the commissioner, Comrade Ini Ememobong for the opportunity granted them to be trained outside the shores of Nigeria and described him as a proactive leader, full of milk of human kindness.
Also speaking, the director of finance and accounts, Mrs Stella Akpan-Ekwere thanked the commissioner, Comrade Ini Ememobong for his selfless service and prayed that God should reward him bountifully.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of certificates of completion of the training by the trainees to the commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong.
Present at the occasion were: the director of public relations, Mrs Grace Akpan, director of technical services, Mr Joseph Etem and the director of strategy, Mr. Aniekan Ukpong, among others.