The 1000-seating capacity auditorium at the New Site College of Education (C.O.E), Agbor, was on Thursday, April 25, 2019 filled to capacity as the college held her 4th Inaugural lecture in a series titled Lifting the Nigerian Workers from Mediocre Output to full Productivity and Efficiency through Systematic Motivation.
The inaugural lecture initiated by the Provost, College of Education, Agbor, Dr. Joseph Ukadike had musical interlude provided by the musical troupe of the college.
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Dignitaries who honoured the event were Deans, Directors, Deputy Registrars, staff and students. Others are Prof Emperor Kpangban, Dean, Faculty of Education, Delsu, Abraka, Dr C.E.O. Anuku, Rector, Calvary Polytechnic, Owa-Oyibu, HRM Agbogidi Henry Ezeagwukpo Jegbefume 1, Obi of Akumazi and Dein of Agbor Representative, Chief Iyawa – The Dein-yem of Agbor, Prof Emma Ojeme, Provost C.O.E, Mosogar, and his Registrar, Mr. Okuwhere Felix, Chief Magistrate Okonta Vincent, Mr. Felix Onwugbenu of L.G. Service commission, Dr E.U Tibi, Mr Andrew Ajabor and Michael Ebomah ,both rtd Registrars of College, DSS Representative, Agbor Divisional Police Officer ably represented by ASP Aloysius Otatade, Mr Osadebe Sunday Represented Dean of VOC & Tech, FCE(T) Asaba.
While delivering the lecture, the Chief Lecturer, Department of Business Education (Acct Option), School of Vocational and Technical Education, C.O.E, Agbor, James Godwin Egwuelu appreciated God Almighty for his sufficient grace and wisdom upon his life. He also thanked the management of the College of Education for the opportunity given to him to deliver the lecture.
The Academic mogul, stated that the Nigerian workers need to be motivated and encouraged by their employer in order for them to discharge their responsibilities efficiently and diligently.
According to him, “Effective reward management is critical to organisational performance, reward and recognition for a worker’s labour or contribution keep an employee motivated to work towards achieving organisational, as well as personal goals. When the employees are motivated by rewards, they will have job satisfaction and consequently, increase the productivity of the organization”.
Therefore, the inaugural lecturer pointed out, some motivating factors that can intrigue an employee are always create a pleasant atmosphere for workers, create a space that is not too cramped, to make sure that the temperature of the office is not too hot or too cold. He thriled the gathering by saying that in this 21st century, the motivating key to keep employee’s interest to work hard and meet daily demands is to reward their best efforts to accomplish organisational goals.
However, he said, “The biggest concern that most people have today on their jobs is the fear of downsizing. That is, the realization that no matter how hard they work, the employer could come any day and tell the employees that they would be laid off someday and they are the ones to go that day. It is hard to motivate someone if that fear is hanging over their head”, he said.
He recommended that on organizations should always keep the workers interested in the goals of the organization, provide engaging and motivating workplace where employees want to stay, grow and contribute their knowledge, experience and expertise.
He also added that motivated workers would want to put in their best performance which will bring about high productivity for the organization.
The high point of the event was the decoration of the 4th inaugural lecturer, James Godwin Egwuelu of the institution, by the provost.
BY PATRICK GBUCHANYE