The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr. Hamid Bobbyi, has tasked Public Relations Officers of government establishments to attract good to government by promoting its activities.
Bobboyi threw the challenge to the spokesmen on Monday, during a two-day training for its public relations officers, protocol heads and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB), to enhance service delivery.
The training, with the theme, “Retooling UBE Strategies for Improved Productivity and Stakeholders Engagement”, had participants drawn from the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to Dr. Bobboyi, improving the visibility of governments’ activities would attract goodwill of relevant stakeholders.
The Executive Secretary who was represented by UBEC North-West Zonal Officer, Alh. Hassan Umar, disclosed that the training was designed to improve the capacity of the officers to adequately project efforts of UBEC and SUBEBs.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“We are mindful of the enormous responsibilities placed on the PROs and protocol units, therefore, want to ensure that the officers handling these tasks are well-equipped to effectively discharge their responsibilities.[/penci_blockquote]
He noted that the training became necessary due to the dearth of genuine information on the true picture of federal and states governments’ efforts in curbing illiteracy in the country.
“We are mindful of the enormous responsibilities placed on the PROs and protocol units, therefore, want to ensure that the officers handling these tasks are well-equipped to effectively discharge their responsibilities.
“The Federal Government has remained consistent in deploying the necessary political will and resources toward ensuring increasing access to free and compulsory education across the nation.
“So far, very little is known by the general public on the various interventions by these levels of governments, in improving the lot of the Nigerian child.
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“Our expectation is that, at the end of the training, there will be free flow of information as well as increase goodwill that will accrue to the basic education sub-sector,” Bobboyi said.
The Kaduna State Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Malam Nasiru Umar, in his remarks noted that not much would be achieved if members of the public were not carried along in the implementation of projects and programmes designed to deliver quality basic education in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Head of Public Relations at UBEC Headquarters, Mr Ossom Ossom, affirmed that the training would enhance professionalism and best practices in reporting UBEC and SUBEB activities.