UBEC commences training of its 37 heads of PR, Protocols across the country

Samuel Luka, Bauchi

In an effort to equip its public relations professionals in sharpening their strategies, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has flagged-off a 4-day training for 37 Heads of Public Relations and Protocol across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Bauchi.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the annual training on Monday, Mr David Apeh, Head of Public Relations and Protocol, UBEC Headquarters, said that the training would aid the public relations professionals in sharpening their PR strategies.

He said it would also strengthen their skills to effectively promote the Universal Basic Education programme’s key ideals and mobilise their various states towards the sector’s development.

Represented by Mr Madaku Yamai from the public relations unit, UBEC Headquarters, Apeh expressed delight that the commission is sustaining the training for heads of public relations in the commission.

He said that the publicity aspect of basic education is one of the critical parts of UBE, hoping that sustaining the training would be a continuous and regular one.

“The country is looking up to Public Relations Officers of UBEC/SUBEB to take the lead in our quest to use education for the transformation of our society for the benefit of all”, he said.

He assured the trainees that the Commission remains committed to the promotion of quality education delivery at all levels through propagating and disseminating the activities and the achievements in the basic education sub-sector.

He lauded the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (BASUBEB) for accepting to host the annual training this year and for acting quickly by inviting other stakeholders to grace the opening ceremony.

Also speaking, the Executive Chairman, BASUBEB, Mr Abubakar Dahiru, lauded the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr Hamid Bobboyi for being passionate about capacity building of the staff of the commission.

Represented by Mr Idris Hardawa, Permanent Commissioner I, BASUBEB, Dahiru said that there has been great improvement in the basic education sub-sector in terms of training and retraining of staff and teachers across the 20 local government areas of Bauchi state.

He commented Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state for all the commitment and support given to the basic education sub-sector and lauded the Executive Secretary of UBEC for choosing Bauchi state to host the training exercise.

In his response, Mr Okey Ihekaibeya, Public Relations Officer, SUBEB, Abia, who spoke on behalf of the participants, appreciated UBEC for organizing the training.

“As much as we appreciate what UBEC has being doing so far, we still believe that if we actually appreciate public relations and publicity as a very critical aspect of bringing education to the level it should be, then much is needed to be done,” he said.

Our Corresspondent gathered that the theme of this year’s training exercise is “Developing the Proficiency Techniques of UBEC/SUBEB Public Relations Officers towards effectively promoting the core values of the UBE Programme”.

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