Productivity Critical To Varsity Growth, Oliyide Tells Staff At Registry Day Lecture By Otikor Samuel


Contrary to widespread perception that staff of the Registry Department merely play support service roles to the academic staff in the delivery of the core mandate of universities, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Professor Olusesan Oliyide, has described the Registry Department as a critical component of any university system.

Professor Oliyide made the assertion while delivering the 7th Registry Day lecture at the Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The Guest Lecturer spoke on the theme of the celebration: The Role of the Registry in the 21st Century Nigerian University. His topic was: Dynamism of the Registry in Nigerian University System in the 21st Century.

“It has been established that contrary to certain perceptions that the University Registry is a mere peripheral or ancillary unit of the University, the enormous classical and contemporary responsibilities of the Registry clearly, debunks this incorrect perception. The Registry is a formidable, valuable and indispensable unit of the University and it is not, by any means, inferior to any other unit of the University. It has, thus, been stressed that the staff of the Registry of the 21st century Nigerian University must see their career as noble and sacred, worthy of being pursued with tenacity, unto distinction and must, also collaborate with all the staff of other units towards achieving the objectives of the University,” Professor Oliyide averred.

He stated that the need for universities to create greater visibility and impact in society imposed additional obligations on Registry staff, pointing out that for staff of the Registry Department to function optimally, they would need to arm themselves with requisite knowledge and self-confidence that would drive the system. Professor Oliyide also listed the right attitude to work, diligence, team work, proficiency in Information and Communication Technology and close mentoring as some of the qualities required of staff to give their best in the workplace.

Speaking as Chairman of the Occasion, Vice-Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Professor Ozo-mekuri Ndimele, admitted that his position as Vice-Chancellor had made him to better appreciate the critical role which Registry staff play in the growth of the University system. “The Registry staff play the role of the midwife during childbirth. No Vice-Chancellor can function effectively without a vibrant Registry Department to guide his administrative actions. This type of gathering is very important for all Registry staff to appraise their performance in the preceding year and set the tone for coming service year. Registry staff need to be exposed to training and retraining, and that is why I made computer literacy part of the conditions for staff promotion at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education” Professor Ndimele said.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale expressed satisfaction with the annual celebration, noting that the event had gradually blossomed into an eagerly-anticipated University-wide event.

“There is little we can achieve here without the Registry Department acting as a conveyor-belt of Council, Senate and Management's decisions. It is self-evident that staff of the Registry Department have worked and continue to work so hard to attain the vision and mandate of the University as envisaged by our founding fathers.

“I am most delighted to welcome all the distinguished guests to the seventh Registry Day celebration and it is my hope that this year's celebration will mark a turning point in the structural and service output of the Registry Department. In the era of Total Quality Management (TQM), the Registry should continue to fashion out more creative and innovative ways to deliver on its statutory mandate to the University,” Professor Lale stated.

Earlier, in her welcome address, the Registrar, Mrs. Dorcas Otto, restated that the event offered Registry staff the opportunity to reappraise their contributions to the growth of the University. “In a dynamic system, we must discharge our duties thoroughly and professionally. This will call for regular update of ourselves, so we can be the 21st Century Registry Department we ought to be. Our attitude to work must be positive and we should be associated with efficiency in service delivery in line with global best practice,” the Registrar added.

The celebration featured a valedictory session for two retired senior Registry staff, Mrs. Antigha Okon and Mr. Patrick Amadi, and presentation of goodwill messages. Other highlights of the event were the presentation of Registry song, documentary and dance drama.

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