By Udeme Clement
Often fundamental and far reaching policy measures are instituted by national authorities to improve the performance of specific sectors of the economy. However, poor communication of policy measures, actions of governments and regulatory agencies often result in misunderstanding, thus impeding the achievement of desired goals. To mitigate this malaise, new and revised policies must be clearly communicated and explained to the public without any form of ambiguity so as to ensure full compliance”.
These were the words of the director general, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), Prof. Akpan Ekpo, while delivering the keynote address, at the opening ceremony of the course on ‘Report writing skills and presentation techniques’, organised by WAIFEM in collaboration with CBN for the staff of the bank, in Lagos .
He said, “The CBN’s regulatory and oversight functions demand constant and extensive internal as well as external communication. Therefore, those vested with the responsibility of discharging these roles must master efficient communication process to enhance their report writing skills for the overall success of the bank and the sector at large. The course is designed for relevant officials in order to equip them with cutting-edge communication and report writing competence.
This course is one of the series organised especially for the staff of the CBN to enhance their skills in reporting and dissemination of economic, financial and administrative information needed for daily operations in the financial sector of the economy.”
He went on, “The main objective of the course is to empower the participants with the capacity to use communication as a powerful tool for job effectiveness. The focus of the course include the use of correct grammatical structures in English language in a clear and concise manner that is related to specific purpose, audience and readership, to organise information in logical forms for both oral and written presentations and to enable participants write and present better economic, financial and administrative reports”