Security and Safety Operations Department had an all-day retreat on Sunday, September 10, where members examined the policy of Shared Governance and how best to serve the University.
Participants are the governing body of the department. They include supervisors, unit heads, and their assistants.
Saving lives and property is vital for the University, Assistant Vice President of Safety and Security Operations, Dr. Lionel von Frederick Rawlins, said, adding that his team looked into their strengths and weaknesses in performing this tasks. They had many sessions.
At one of the sessions held in the morning, all the unit heads were required to make presentations on what they do for the awareness of their colleagues in other units and together they helped to understand how they could confront their challenges.
At another session, they discussed supervision. The participants also had a session where they discussed emerging security challenges and threats to universities.
After their lunch break, they convened again and Dr. Rawlins explained the term "Shared Governance". In their respective groups of four, they were meant to discuss how the concept of shared governance relates to their job.
“Some of you might come up with ideas we’ve never thought about before,” said Dr. Rawlins, as he urged them to brainstorm in their small groups and to record their ideas on paper.
In their respective groups, the participants also discussed their work-related challenges, how they can be more effective in their jobs, and how they envision the department in the next five years.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa