UEW Security Personnel Undergo Training
The Division of Human Resource, University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has organised a five-day leadership training workshop for all Senior Staff in the Security Directorate.
The workshop, held from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th March, 2021, to build the capacity of security staff with new skills for improved performances, took place at the North Assembly Hall, Winneba.
The five-day workshop saw participants taken through several thought-provoking topics such as, Disciplinary Procedures; Communication as a Tool for Enhancing Performance; Pay and Allowances; Conditions of Service; Access/Egress Control and Static Guard Duties; Patrolling Duties; Search and Observation Techniques; Basic First Aid in Smoke Inhalation and Burns/Fraction; Basic First Aid in Heart Attack; Basic firefighting preventive measures; and Practical firefighting.
The presentations were aimed at teaching, demonstrating and encouraging participants to progress professionally and to share ideas for the advancement of their work.
Addressing participants, the Deputy Registrar, Division of Human Resource, Mrs. Deborah Afful, reiterated Management’s appreciation towards the good works of security personnel at the University and urged them to engage the resource persons and participate fully in all activities.
Presenting the keynote address, the Director, Institute for Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development (ITECPD), Prof. George Dandy Dampson, expounded to participants that Leadership is about problem-solving, teamwork, strategy and most importantly communication, adding that effective communication about expectations and issues are very important especially in the security services.
“As leaders, we need to have the strength, power, ability, zeal, energy, and patience to meet the bodily and mental requirements for leading,” he said.
He proceeded to say that, for participants to become effective leaders, they needed to be confident and enthusiastic, keep an open mind, be adaptable and lead by example.
He added that they should be consistent with especially their subordinates and not discriminate, because, honesty is the quality of being fair and truthful.
“As leaders in the security service, you don’t have to presume and assume that you know everything while your subordinate doesn’t know anything. You should be flexible with the ideas that your subordinates bring on board. You have to empathise but not sympathize with them because as soon as you sympathize you fail as a leader. A leader is supposed to share and understand someone’s feelings not the other way round,” he averred.
Participants were thankful to the Division of Human Resource for organising the workshop and appealed that such training should be held regularly to address challenges they face in their line of work.
The resource persons who engaged participants throughout the workshop were Senior Assistant Registrar in charge of Junior/Senior Staff, Mr. Charles Denkyi; Director, Security Services, Mr. Bartholomew Alubokin; Director, Health Services, Dr. (Mrs.) Beth Offei-Awuku; Assistant Registrar of the Department of Junior and Senior Staff at the Division of Human Resource, Ms. Patricia Kaitoo; Head of Payroll, Finance Office, Mr. Appiah-Hayford and four fire Officers.