A two-day leadership training workshop has been organised by the Human Resource Division for the Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Sections, Units of the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

The workshop, which was held at the Tyco City hotel in Sunyani on the theme ‘Attitudinal Change and Team Building for Higher Productivity’, aimed at building the capacity and to ensure teamwork of staff heading various offices in the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Harrison Dapaah, in his welcome address said it was important to build the capacity of staff in leadership positions to ensure that all are on the same level to work as a team. He added that it was necessary to assess leaders as they steer towards the University’s strategic direction.

Mr Dotun Osiyemi

Mr Dotun Osiyemi, the Principal Consultant/CEO of Doterry who was the lead facilitator at the workshop, took participants through the following thematic areas: Mindset, Self-Discipline, Values and Work Ethic; Work Attitude and Attitudinal Change; Team Building Skills and Personal Financial Planning Principles. Speaking on the mindset, self-discipline, Mr Osiyemi said that as an organisation, there is the need for strategic pillars such as vision, leadership, systems, legal system, cash flow, product and communication to build a strong institution.  He explained that leaders ought to make use of both sides of the mind to excel, adding that if leaders do not see themselves as winners, they cannot perform as winners.

The lead facilitator touching on the values of an individual and organisations, commended UENR for enforcing its core values and made the participants understand that what they stood for will determine their value in any setting.  Moreover, Mr Osiyemi said that general human values such as health and energy, kindness and compassion, gratitude and appreciation and integrity among others, should not be underestimated in order to succeed. He encouraged the participants to be polite and learn to accept responsibility of their actions instead of shifting blames on others.

On the second day of the workshop, the Director of Procurement of KNUST, Mr Edward Nketiah Asante, presented on the topic: ‘Current Procurement Procedure and Practices’. He noted that the strategic procurement procedures in Ghana has helped in the reduction of corruption and fraud — by adopting a transparent, fair and non-discriminatory tendering process. He further highlighted some functions of stakeholders in public procurement, adding that the Public Procurement Authority makes proposals on the formulation of policies and ensures policy implementation and human resource development for public procurement.  Mr Nketiah clarified that to purchase high valued products, procurement units have to identify qualified tenderers through existing records, trade fair and exhibitions, and advertisement among others before inviting them to participate in the tender.

Discussing the way forward led by the Registrar, Mr Solomon Panford, the participants appreciated the fact that there is the need to have a positive attitude towards work and build teamwork among themselves as stakeholders of the University. It was also recommended that there be an administrative manual to spell out all the right procedures in administering their duties in the University.

Some other areas presented at the workshop included Financial Management Procedures taken by the Schedule Officer of GUSS-KNUST, Mr Frederick Kweku Essien and University Administrative Procedures delivered by the Senior Assistant Registrar of the Human Resource Division of UENR.

Published by University Relations Office