A member of the Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators, (ANUPA), Mrs. Rachael Apuabi has stressed the need for regular improvement of staff professionalism and competence. She made the call at a pre-inauguration meeting of the association which took place at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti main auditorium recently.

In her maiden seminar, 'The Role of Aministrators in Service Delivery,' Mrs. Apuabi stated that the major task before administrators is to ensure the smooth implementation of plans and policies of management. According to her, 'administrators are key in facilitating an environment for academic excellence where staff and students can flourish and compete favourably in the knowledge market'.

Furthermore, in order for administrators to achieve this good quality service delivery, there is need for them to acquire adequate training and skills. The personnel department is expected to identify training needs for members of staff and at the same time management of the university should sponsor members of staff to conferences both local and international. She added that the aim of the forum was to create a robust interactive session in other to generate and intimate staff with new trends in the discharge of their responsibilities as quality education providers.

High point of the occassion was unveiling of the professional body, Association of Nigerian Professional administrators (ANUPA) Federal University Oye-Ekiti Chapter and appointment of interim leaders. Head, Pre-degree Unit, Mr. D.A. Fatuase, emerged as chairman, Mrs. Apuabi, Secretary, Mr. Femi Adeboye, Tresurer, Mrs. Tessy Eze, Financial Secretary, Mrs. Ndidi Ibenyenwa, Training Officer and Mr. Lumuagun, PRO.

In attendance were the acting Registrar, Daniel Adeyemo, Heads of departments and units and a majority of administrative officers in the university.