On September 26, the Building Unit, under the Department of Facilities Management, kicked off a 3-day, in-house training at the AUN Library auditorium themed “Estimation and Facility Management."
Senior HR Officer, Performance Management and Promotions, Hayatudeen Mohammed, said the aim of the workshop was “to upgrade the knowledge and skills of building technicians.”
Head of Training at the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Yola, Garba Hassan, said the training was an avenue for them to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities so as to give their best to the work.
Samuel Andennang Abatub, who moderated at the occasion, said the training was necessary in order to share ideas.
The ITF Area Manager and Facilitator of the Day, Ms. Khadijatu Sani Mudi, who represented the Fund's Director-General, revealed that ITF is currently organizing a skills acquisition program. The program covers skills like tailoring and plumbing for 300 youths across Nigeria.
In her presentation on “Work, Planning, and Control,” she explained, “Planning decides what must be done, how, when, and by whom; it makes your job simpler, and everything falls into place.”
Mr. Hassan stated that one of the key responsibilities of an employee is to notify the supervisor of unsafe conditions and practices observed in plants and to ensure good personal hygiene and housekeeping.
He advised the participants to observe the dangers of their environment and act accordingly.
The subject matters discussed at the training were interpreting drawings, repairs, maintenance, and trade mathematics, as well as communication and facility management.
The workshop was interactive as participants related freely with the facilitators during the question-and-answer session.
Yusuf Silas Bate, ITF's Chief Training Development Officer (CTDO), gave a presentation on “Communication and Facility Management.” He highlighted common communication barriers between employer and employee as assumptions and information overload while factors limiting facility management are materials management and information technology.
He advised the trainees to put what they learned during the training to good use and thanked the management of AUN for the opportunity.
One of the participants, Benjamin Onwuachu, a mason, expressed gratitude saying, “I want to appreciate the lecturers. The program was very fantastic; I learned a lot.”
Mr. Michael Ejiobi, a painter, applauded the management on behalf of the building technicians and wished for more of such workshops.
By Anthonia Udokwu