Discipline, by definition, is training which involves rules and regulations enforced by rewards and punishment; this is an excerpt from a paper presented during an in-house training recently organized by the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, held in the conference room of the Vice-Chancellor.
According to the resource person, Mr. S. A. Akinkunmi, a Senior Assistant Registrar and Head of Council Affairs, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, discipline is the practice of making staff obey rules and punishing them when they break the rule. In a paper titled DISCIPLINE: WORK ETHICS OF UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS, he defined Work Ethics as knowing what is right or wrong or learning what is right or wrong in the workplace by way of obligations, fairness and benefit to society, whereas Ethics was defined as a system of moral principles or rules of behaviours that governs or influences a person’s behaviour. Work Ethics of the administrative staff are simple moral principles or conducts guiding the profession which must be followed.
He also defined a university administrator as an employee of the University who is in administrative capacity, be it an academic staff or non-teaching staff. Discussions at the training however focused on Administrative Officers, Higher Executive Officers, Executive Officers, Secretarial Staff, Clerical Officers and Office Assistants.
The resource person added that ethical standards expected of a disciplined university administrator in accordance with Nigeria Code of National Ethics as entrenched in Chapter 2, sub-section 23 of the Constitution are discipline, integrity, dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance, patriotism, among others.
Declaring the training session open, the acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. R.A Omolehin, expressed happiness with the exercise, noting that information is important for self-advancement in the workplace. He advised participants to pay detailed attention to the session and make the best possible use of the exercise as the world we live in today is not static. “The challenges of today are different from those of yesterday. If you are not properly equipped you will not be able to function optimally. Without proper information or knowledge it will not be easy to get to the top,” he admonished participants. He therefore challenged the participants to adhere strictly by the work ethics of university administrators.