BY EBUN SESSOU
In its bid to improve the skills, efficiency and make its workers compete favourably with their counterparts, Lagos House of Assembly has embarked on intensive training programme on English Language and effective speaking for its workers who are involved in legislative and administrative departments.
At a three-day workshop organised by the House, the Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiyu Abiru disclosed that the management of the Assembly will not relent in the training and re-training of its workforce to improve their skills, efficiency and proficiency.
The theme of the retreat: Language proficiency training, according to Abiru, is packaged to sharpen the language proficiency skills of all ranks of officers in order to improve on the standard of usage of the English language.
Abiru who was represented by the Director of Finance and Administration of the Assembly, Mr. Azeez Sanni, training of workers is highly neglected by management but added that any organisation that would function effectively is saddled with the responsibility to train its workers in the acquisition and usage of language skills, especially in English and related skills that promote effective composition, editing and improved speech writing.
According to Abiru, “It is no gain saying that the demands of modern management dictate the need for human capital development, and the Lagos State House of Assembly cannot afford to be found wanting in this regard in order to maintain its position as a fore-runner amongst the comity of Houses of Assembly in Nigeria. “Put simply, presentation skills can positively transform an organisation both internally and externally.
“This language proficiency exercise amongst others, targets the users of English language in documenting the records and proceedings that culminate in the entire process of lawmaking at every level in our society as well as other officials involved in legislative and administrative assignments,” he said.
There is training on interpersonal relationship, efficient and effective communication with emphasis on computer appreciation and digitalised work. Therefore, we expect improved skills and enhanced productivity at work.
“We also expect that at the end of the retreat, the staff would be able to diagnose the basic linguistic challenges, practicalise proficiency on the job, understand the fundamentals of writing, understand the grammatical aspect of writing and be accurate and precise in note-taking and documentation,” he added.
Meanwhile, one of the facilitators who spoke on behalf of Pervium Consultancy, Dr. Doyin Oguaru, said that the training programme would improve the skill of the workers in English Language, which she said is the general language spoken in Nigeria. Adding that English language is internationally accepted especially for business transaction.
Her words: “When we stop learning, we start dying. It is therefore good to continue to learn.