The director general of the
Organised by the WAIFEM in collaboration with the
Participants are expected to cover techniques of management and impact of change in today's organisation, office administration, leadership in office management and planning and goal setting among others. Akpan said WAIFEM's outreach programmes have now expanded to include countries in East, Central, Northern,
"In pursuit of our mandate and to ensure high standards in our programmes, we collaborate with relevant global, regional and national capacity building organisations with a view to promoting the adoption of contemporary best practices in the field of macroeconomic, debt and financial sector management," he disclosed.
Some of the gains in the capacity building on the global stage, he outlined, included the
The WAIFEM DG explained that the course on the productivity enhancement has become increasingly popular because of the urgent need to bring to the fore the important support role of secretaries and personal assistants in institutions and governments given the highly demanding and busy schedules of the CEOs.
He pointed out that the course will enable participants to learn and understand the roles, duties and responsibility of the executive assistants/secretaries, personal assistants and senior secretaries, and boost their knowledge and skills in office administration and management essential for the effective discharge of their responsibilities.
"This course will help develop and upgrade interpersonal skills for office management; and update their knowledge of latest office technologies," Akpan assured.
The second deputy governor of the Central Bank of The
"In the past, the role of the secretary was limited to typing using a typewriter, answering telephone calls and taking notes. The secretary was seen as a person employed to take orders, write letters, carry out dispatches and keep records. The expectations were all about the critical aspects of secretarial work and this was the job description that floated around up to the 1970," she stated.
Samba-Savage further explained that over time, the expectations of executive assistants have changed a great deal, and their roles and responsibilities in organisations have also evolved. While the clerical component is still an essential part of what executive assistants do, she said, routine secretarial duties are low in priority and much more is expected from them today.
The CBG top economist opined that some of the key expectations from the modern executive assistants could include good knowledge of the business; the value and importance of knowing the working environment and exceptional organisational skills; entailing the ability to balance diaries and commitments for the executive, amongst a host of others.
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