Monday, 19 June 2017

Ezeemo, others bag award of excellence as outstanding entrepreneurs





By Gabriel Alonta & Chinedu Nwaneri

Not less than four individuals received award of excellence as outstanding entrepreneurs from the Vocational Education Department of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, in the opening ceremony of a 2-days capacity building workshop for secretaries and office workers recently organised by the Department.
The awards were in recognition of their positive contributions and entrepreneurial impact in Anambra State and Nigeria in general.
The awardees includes the Chairman, Orient Group of Companies, Godwin Ezeemo; the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke; the Chief Executive Officer of Alben Health Care Industry and the Igwe of Ogidi, Alex Onyido; and the Managing Director of Helko Nigeria Ltd., Henrietta Orjiako.
Declaring the event open, the Vice Chancellor, Joseph Ahaneku through the Dean, Faculty of Education, Nkechi Esomonu stated that capacity building is a very important aspect of any organisation.  
The Vice Chancellor noted that most secretaries cannot take notes, and make correct sentences adding that without these such person is less than a secretary.
He decried that on the job training of the employees has been neglected whereas it should have been the life-wire of every organization.
In her opening remark, the Chairman of the event, C.U. Njoku, who is the Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, said that the workshop was borne out of a desire to make positive impact and ensure a shift from ordinary to extraordinary in the society.
Speaking through A.U. Nwosu, the chairman commended the organisers of the workshop adding that its purpose is to bring out the best in the participants.
She expressed optimism that the programme will be of positive impact, while admonishing participants to see the workshop as an opportunity to grab knowledge and has a competitive edge over their peers.  
In an interview, the Head, Department of Vocational Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Justina Ezenwafor, explained that the workshop was motivated by the complaints of employers and offices supervisors about the performance of their office workers.
“We discovered that most office workers lack some requisite skill which affects their performance and as such we make provision for on the job training by organising capacity building workshop to equip them with the necessary skill”, she stated.
Ezenwafor noted that the awardees were selected based on their contributions to the society, adding that they are those who have entrepreneurial mindset and employers of labour who has provided employment opportunities to many youths.
The Head expressed that the essence of showcasing the awardees to the students is to encourage them to develop in them an entrepreneurial mindset.
“The students should count themselves privileged to be part of the workshop because they will be equipped with the necessary skills to enable meet the standard of employers”, she said.
She expressed gratitude to God for wisdom, while also thanking the staff of the department and management of the institution for their continuous support, particularly in seeing to the success of the workshop.

Highlights of the event was the reading of citations and presentation of awards to the awardees.

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