TABLE OF CONTENT
1.1 Background of the study
1.2 Statement of the problem
1.3 Purpose of the study
1.4 Scope of the study
2.0 REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1Definition of secretaries
3.0 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1 Research design
3.2 Area of study
3.5 Sample and samping
3.6 Instrument for data collection
3.7 Validity and reliability of instrument
3.8 Method and sources of data collection
3.9 Method of data analysis.
4.0 DATA PRESENTATION AND RESULTS
5.0 DISCUSSION OF RESULTS
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The role of efficient secretaries in the National Economic Development cannot be over emphasized bearing in mind that secretaries are the image makers of every organization. Secretaries who have acquired the basis educational training coupled with other personal attributes have a lot of channels of attaining the highest level possible in the management of organizations, Allen (1999).
The work and secretaries in an organization are very vital and there is no way an organization can function well without their aid, the fast production of better work is assumed since they are well trained in that field.
Whenever paper work, records and mostly written communication are needed in an organization, the secretaries are likely to be involved.
In as much as secretaries have been undermined by the general public in many ways, their general conception is usually that any employee who sits behind a typewriter and does other forms of secretarial jobs is a secretary thereby regarding them as typists or mere servants.
It is therefore, pertinent to start by knowing who the secretaries are, before going to their immense contribution towards the national economic development with special emphasis on NEPA Auchi District
A secretary according to Hornby (1974) is “an employee in an office, who deals with correspondence, keeps records makes arrangement and appointment for a particular member of the staff. He/she is one who combines the mastery skills of shorthand and typewriting and with a sound knowledge of secretarial duties.
Secretaries have been defined by the national association and secretaries in Unites State of America as an “Executive assistant who possess a mastery of office skills, who demonstrates ability to assume responsibilities without direct supervision, who exercises initiative and judgment, and who makes decision with the scope of assigned authority.
Office skill include, typewriting, shorthand ability to operate photocopy machines duplicating machines etc.
Secretaries are the pictures the models and the area of concentration for the public due to the duties they discharge for the organization they keep and maintain confidential and secret files of the organization and prepare the financial report, handling and imposes account and supervises subordinates to ensure full implementation of the policies of the organization.
From the above definitions secretaries must have gotten all the skills associated with the office and cannot leave responsibilities even though they are not supervised, should work with his initiative and take decision under his assigned authority.
In other words, secretaries are important officer in any organization their contributions and effectiveness can either boost or tarnish the image of any organization.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEMS
Over the years there has been serious misconception about secretaries by the public and others who are not in the profession. Some look down upon them as secretaries assistant II (Typist and stenographers) who wait and work according to the wishes of the bosses. Others see them as subordinate who cannot actually act even when there is need for them to do so unless with authority from her superior. Some Nigerians do not accord secretaries the respect due to them because they strongly believe that secretaries are inconsequential and unproductive thereby do not in any way contribute towards the national economic development.
Secretaries are misunderstood, misplaced and neglected to the background by many bosses and as a result fail to place them in their right position.
Secretaries who are the life-wire of every organization have been seen and underrated by so many people.
This research work is aimed at discussing fully the contributions of secretaries towards the national economic development and some constraints in performance of their job such as lack of adequate equipment poor remuneration, inadequate training on the job and poor human relation among secretaries, bosses and lack of encouragement by executives.
1.3 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this study is to actually investigate the role of secretaries in the achievement of organizational goals. It could also identify who the secretaries are and to what extent they are involved in the routine of organization and also to find out if they properly remunerated for the big job they perform and find out if they actually lack adequate equipment that will help them perform their jobs creditably
Finally, the purpose is to find out what kind of relationship exist among the secretaries, bosses and colleagues and why such relationship exists.
1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The study will enable the management of business organization in the country to re-evaluate their misconception of secretaries and also enhance the secretaries’ performance in the organization.
Nevertheless, an academic reason is also attached to this study which is the contribution of secretaries towards the national economic development (a case study of NEPA, Auchi District). The academic lessons is to provide the contributions of secretaries so as to help the aspiring secretaries to know what is expected of them and educational background they need to attain before qualifying as secretaries.
1.5 RESEARCH QUESTION
The study is undertaken to provide answers to the following research questions.
i. What are the problems militating against the performance of secretaries job
ii. Are secretaries interested in being properly trained.
iii.Do secretaries receive enough remuneration
iv. What equipments are necessary for the effective performance and discharge of secretarial function
v. What kind of relationship exist among the secretaries, bosses and colleagues
vi. Do you think that secretaries have contributed in any way to the achievement of the organizational goals and national goals in general.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study is restricted to NEPA Enugu District office only because of time and money constraints, the researcher was unable to visit other NEPA offices.