The Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD), Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, has organized a capacity building programme for security officials of the University.


The 2-day training programme themed ‘’Work Ethics and Expectations of Security Personnel’’ which held  from Monday, 10th to Tuesday, 12th June, 2024 was geared towards upgrading the knowledge and skills of the staff on current security problems and how to tackle them within the institution.


VC’s rep. Prof. Romanus Ejiaga, making his opening remarks


In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sunday Elom, stated that the training programme was meant to equip the staff  with the right knowledge and skills to execute their tasks efficiently.


He noted that the theme of the workshop “Work Ethics and Expectations of Security Personnel” was relevant, given that through proper training, security personnel learn effective communication techniques, conflict resolution strategies, and surveillance tactics.


The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Romanus Ejiaga, said the training would not only help the security staff to be good in their job but would  also  encourage them to work as a team in order to keep the university safe, adding that working as a team would enable them to protect life and property on campus.


He reiterated that the training exercise would help the security personnel to be properly informed about the  rules, policies, and ethical considerations that guide their actions in the university.


‘’We need a well-groomed, courteous security staff that reflects positively on our University values’’ he said.

Registrar, Barr. T. Ifeanyi Igwe speaking during the event


The Registrar, Barr. T. Ifeanyi Igwe, while delivering his lecture on the topic: ‘’The Relationship between the CSO and University Management’’, said high expectations are on the security staff to safeguard the   lives and property of everyone in the university, encouraging the security personnel to work harmoniously with the university management in promoting peace and orderliness on campus.



He maintained that communication is very critical in  security, urging the security personnel to develop good communication skills, efficient management skills as well as  emotional and social intelligence in order to function effectively as security operatives, while also urging them to take responsibility for their actions and work as a team in ensuring that proper surveillance is maintained at all times within the campus.


While delivering his lecture on the theme of the workshop, the Director, Centre for Human Resource Development, Prof. Fidelis Okpata, emphasized that organizational success or worth is tied to set performance standard, adding that organizational goals are further dependent on the style, vision, understanding and personality of  leadership.


He maintained that no system of administration in any organization including the university system is good or bad but  there should be an acceptable standard in a work place to enable workers to show integrity and honesty at work.


He defined work ethics as a personal set of standard of acceptable behavior in the work place which directly influences how someone approaches their daily tasks, stressing that achieving set goals in any organization, depends to a very large extent, on the commitment of staff.


He therefore, enjoined the security staff to be committed to their jobs by showing good examples at work, develop good human relationship as well as respect  constituted authorities.

Director, CHRD, Prof. Fidelis Okpata, making his presentation at the workshop


Prof. Okpata speaking further, affirmed that the totality of work ethics of every worker which is not limited to the security staff alone, is that every staff should put in a full day’s work for a full day pay by coming to work on time, maintaining their beats as well as showing sympathetic understanding of the difficulties confronting the university, especially the issue of co-habitation with the villagers and the host communities amongst others.


Concluding, he advised the security officers to have the willingness to go the extra mile, render helping hands to one another, cultivate and promote the spirit of esprit de corps in their social relationship at work and respect the reporting procedure and communication channels in the university.

DVC. Prof. Abel Ezeoha, delivering his lecture at the event


In the same vein, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Abel Ezeoha who spoke on the topic: “Understanding security services in the university community”, stated that security is the responsibility of everyone, but purely dependent on the security officers.


He maintained  that  as security officers, they should be able to know what their roles entail and what they have been called up to do, adding that it is the first step to cultivating the required level of commitment to the system.


He mentioned that  commitment to their job is important as it is the only thing one cannot fake.


He outlined the primary responsibilities of the security department, as being committed to securing lives and property of the university community, sustaining the boundary integrity of the university, creating an enabling environment for academic activities of the university, understanding the structures  and how the university works, and issuing security alerts or directives to the university community amongst others.


He further urged the security officers to be diligent in their work and collaborate with one another to be able to deal with some security alerts that might arise, while appealing with them to bear with the management on the issue of shortfall in the number of personnel and other needs as management is working assiduously in achieving their needs.


CSO, Chief Emeka Ogai, making his closing remarks


In his closing remarks, the Chief Security Officer of the university, Chief Emeka Ogai, thanked the Centre for Human Resource Development organizing  the training programme, stressing that the training has given them the opportunity to be better in their respective job assignments.


He equally appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Elom for  approving  the workshop, assuring that security department will leverage on the training to be above board, while urging his officers and men to be punctual and always be at their duty posts.


Other facilitators on the second day of the programme were; Prof. Smart Otu, who spoke on the topic: “Operating strategic security surveillance in the university system”, Prof  Ejiaga, who delivered a lecture on, “Discipline in Security services in the university”, and the Chief Security Officer, Chief Emeka Ogai, who spoke on,  “the security staff/personnel and his mandate on campus”; all advocating towards maintaining excellent security services in the university.


Cross section of the security personnel at the training


VC’s rep. Prof. Romanus Ejiaga (C), in a group photograph with facilitators and participants after the training