By Etuka Sunday
The Nigerian Telecommunications Communication (NCC), yesterday bagged Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Award for Best Employer, Human Capital Development, 2017.
ITF said, the Commission has been found worthy of the award following its competence in human capital development especially trainings within and outside the country.
The Deputy Director/Area Manager, Abuja, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Alh. Usman M. Sani, who presented the award to NCC in Abuja said, ”the choice of NCC is not a mistake, it was carefully chosen, taken cognizance of the various parameters outlined by ITF captured in their human capital analysis of training programs, seminars and workshops both within and outside the country that aspired under the auspices of NCC for the year 2017.”
Elucidating on the parametres used, Alh. Sani said, “training and capacity building, ranging from junior categories to the Executive Vice-Chairman, it is with the guidelines with the ITF training and course approvals, and it stipulated that, all agencies of government, or all contributing employers either government or private companies must train their workers from the lowest level to the highest level.”
“We approve training programmes, Monitor their implementation and also process claims emanating from such training programmes,” he said.
The ITF Abuja boss said, the Fund has 43 Area Council Offices and 6 skills training Centres and also carries out the federal government responsibility of 1% contribution offices stressing that the ITF makes reinbursement of 50% of what is claimed and called for more colloboration in terms of human capital development.
In her response, the Director, Human Capital & Infrastructure Group, (DHCIG) of the NCC, Mrs Maryam Bayi who received the award on behalf of the Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said the award would boost the Commission’s morale to do more.
”Actually, this award means a lot for NCC, because if you continue to do something and nobody says well done, or recognise you, sometimes you lose morale. This is a boost to us because NCC over the years has done much in terms of training and development of its staff. In fact, we can proudly say we are one of the best organisations in Nigeria today, government owned that does that to our staff,” Mrs Bayi said.
According to her, one of the components of the 8-Points Agenda of the Executive Vice-Chairman, is to ensure Regulatory Excellence and Operational Efficiency. This she said, cannot be achieved without adequately building the capacity of the individuals that drive the Commission.
”The capacity-building regime of the Commission is multi-faceted. We run overseas, local-open and in-plant training programmes every year in such a way that the expectations of the industrial Training Fund are fully met. The programmes cut across all categories of staff, from junior to top Management staff.
“The Commission event goes over and beyond the expectations of the Industrial Training Fund by training outsourced Drivers and Security Personnel who are not on its payroll, and as such, not value adding in terms of reimbursement of training contribution.
“In addition to overseas, local-open and in-plant programmes, the Commission fully supports its employees who belong to various professional bodies, to pursue Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) course, all over the country. The Commission considers these interventions necessary to ensure that its professional employees are kept abreast of developments as they occur, in their relevant fields,” she said.
She disclosed, that NCC partners with organisations like International Telecommunications Union (ITU), CommonWealth Telecommuncations Organisation (CTO), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), West African Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA), in order to train and develop its staff .
She said, the “staff can participate in any kind of fora in the world with their counterpart. Because we regulate a very dynamic industry, we cannot afford to lag behind and this recognition by ITF is a boost to our morale for us to contine to do our best in improving our staff with skills and knowledge and their capacity to perform and be productive to meet our mandate of vision and mission of the NCC.”