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NYSC trains protocol officers on operational efficiency



The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it is training its protocol officers across the country for the purpose of operational efficiency in the scheme.

Brig-Gen Suleiman Kazaure, the Director-General of the scheme, said this in Abuja on Thursday at the opening of the workshop.

Kazaure said that the training was in furtherance of management commitment to enhance the competence of staff for efficiency.

He said that the peculiar nature of NYSC operations made it necessary for the scheme to stage various events, including the training for
protocol officers that would help meet the yearnings of the people.

“Management places premium on standard and excellence in the handling of events as the success and otherwise had implications for the image of the scheme,’’ he said.

Kazaure said that the NYSC play host to important personalities, including high ranking government officials at such events.

He noted that as officers saddled with the task of managing such events, the onus rested on the protocol officers to ensure that the
outings conform to acceptable standard.

“During events hosted by the NYSC in recent times and in the course of my tour of orientation camps, I personally observed commendable
performance by many of you in many areas,’’ he said.

According to him, the areas include venue arrangement, reception for guest, observation of order of protocol as well as anchoring and
ordering of events.

He, however, said that like in other human endeavours, there was need to embrace new ideas in the scheme’s approach to event management so
as to be in conformity with global best practices.

Kazaure said that training and re-training of staff for optimal
performance and productivity remained the focal areas of his

Earlier, Mr Adetayo Haastrup, Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Public
Relations (NIPR), Abuja chapter and the guest lecturer, said that
protocol was established to take care of certain formalities and
courteous mode of behaviour.

He said that there was need to up the performance of protocol officers
in the scheme, adding that their duties must be discharged with
professionalism, while urging them to imbibe the culture of
professional development.

Haastrup said that the trainees must ensure the justification of the
resources spent by the NYSC, stressing that the job of protocol
officers should not be done under emotion but they should be happy
while doing it.

He said that protocol officers must be part of the management, they
must be seen to be happy doing the job and they must not be tempted to
do anything untoward.

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