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As FUTO CE-sPESS Trains Professionals On Executive Courses

Training forms the centre of man’s skill acquisition. This is the reason most multinational companies invest so much in equipping their employees through various trainings.

Aside educational qualifications, every mind requires whether office, field or industrial trainings to become more knowledgeable and experienced in his or her area of practice.

In view of this assertion, it could be said that training supersedes classroom education. This could be the reason the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards (CE-sPESS) of the prestigious Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) takes consistent training of workers and professionals very seriously in her quest to actualize the prime objectives of establishing the institute.

Penultimate week, the Centre conducted and concluded her 5-Day (40-hour) Executive Training Workshops held in the foremost University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in Enugu State, having successfully trained participants on different Executive Courses.

The programme, which took place on 1st – 5th July 2024, was graciously organized for professionals from different fields of human endeavour who are resident in the State and its environs.

It’s noteworthy that the Workshops were carried out concurrently on both the Nsukka and Enugu campuses of the UNN, and each of the training venues witnessed a mammoth turnout among the participants, comprising civil and public servants, legal practitioners, procurement officers, entrepreneurs, members of the academia, and captains of industries, among others.

One of the interviewed participants, who identified herself as a Dr Mrs Theodora Njoku and a lecturer in the University, described the Workshop as an “eye opener” in issues pertaining to Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement.

The training, which was conducted in partnership with the African Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Power Energy and Development (ACE-SPED) of the UNN, obviously recorded a tremendous success. Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the epochal outing on the Nsukka Campus, the Acting Vice-Chancellor

It’s worth noting that on the Enugu Campus, some of the invited dignitaries present were: the Enugu State Head of Service, and the Rector of Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

of the UNN, Prof. Romanus Ezeokonkwo thanked the CE-sPESS Management Team for choosing the University as the venue for the programme. Prof. Ezeokonkwo told the participants that they were lucky to be among the trainees, because each of them was about to receive a training worth over 200, 000 naira, free of charge.

While declaring the 5-day event open, the UNN VC wished the CE-sPESS Team a blissful outing throughout the 40-hour Trainings. In her Goodwill Message, the Eight Substantive Vice-Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Mrs. Nnenna N. Oti congratulated the CE-sPESS and ACE-SPED for the lofty partnership, while appreciating the Management of the UNN for the opportunity granted the FUTO team.

Prof. Oti – who was unavoidably absent but ably represented by the CE-sPESS Program Coordinator, Dr. Mrs. Sarah Umeh – wished the two centres greater collaborations, dividends and more exploits in the years ahead. Earlier on the occasion, in his Welcome Address, the Director of ACE-SPED, UNN, Prof. Emenike Ejiogu warmly welcomed the FUTO facilitators and the participants.

Prof. Ejiogu informed that it was a historic gathering that was targeted to train professionals both from the private and public sectors as mandated by the World Bank and the National Universities Commission (NUC).

In her address, the Director of CE-sPESS, FUTO, Engr. Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe greatly thanked the Management of the UNN, currently led by the Acting VC, Prof. Ezeokonkwo and equally appreciated the DVC of the Enugu Campus (UNEC), Prof. Daniel Nwachukwu.

Prof. Chukwudebe – who was physically present on the Enugu Campus (UNEC) ceremony, was ably represented at the Nsukka Campus by the CE-sPESS Deputy Director on Procurement Management, Engr. Prof. Mrs. Uche Dike – took time to intimate the gathering on the brief history and background of the SPESSE Project.

In his Goodwill Message, the National Coordinator of the SPESSE & ACE Projects, Dr. Joshua Attah – who attended virtually – commended the teams from the UNN and FUTO for the laudable outing. Dr. Atah, represented by Mr. Peter Tobrise, enjoined the participants to take the Workshops seriously to enable them key into the moving train.

When called for a Vote Thanks, the Deputy Director of the ACE-SPED, Prof. Cosmas Anyanwu strongly appreciated the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe for approving the trainings in the University prior to the end of his service tenure.

Prof. Anyanwu further thanked the current leadership of the University, led by Prof. Ezeokonkwo for ensuring that the programme took place on the two campuses as planned. It’s worth noting that on the Enugu Campus, some of the invited dignitaries present were: the Enugu State Head of Service, and the Rector of Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu, among others.

As part of the CE-sPESS’ tradition, the Workshops on the both campuses concluded formally with a Closing Ceremony on Friday, 5th July 2024. The highlight of the gathering was issuance of Completion Certificates to eligible participants.

They were conscientized by the FUTO CE-sPESS Director to endeavour to conclude the Track B session of the programme by ensuring they write the required Long-Essay on the topics given to them by their respective Research Coordinators.

The ceremony ended with snapping of group photographs and what have you, which forms part of the corporate tradition of the Centre during ceremonies, for record and documentation purposes.

Indeed, training – which remains inevitable while discussing skills acquisition and enhancement – ought to be taken very seriously by all individuals and entities that intend to attain greater heights in their respective jurisdictions. This is the reason every right-thinking stakeholder is expected to support this laudable movement embarked upon by the FUTO CE-sPESS. Think about it.

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