Wednesday, November 01, 2017 11:00AM/Proshare WebTV
of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma has challenged the
Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) to develop
templates and modules of capacity development that can improve the productivity
of the Nigerian workforce.
Minister who delivered a keynote address at the 49th Annual General
Meeting (AGM) of the Institute in Abuja on Tuesday evening, noted that enhanced
capacity of the workforce and the resultant improvement in productivity can
contribute significantly to improvement in national output.
the foremost personnel management institution in the country, managing people
is what your members do. I challenge you, individually and collectively, to
develop templates and modules of capacity development that can improve the
productivity of our people”, he said.
Udoma who spoke on the topic: “The Nigerian Economic Recovery and Growth Plan
(ERGP), 2017-2020: People as a Critical Success Factor”, said the whole essence
of the ERGP is to achieve a massive and sustained increase in national output.
noting that as personnel managers their job is to develop management schemes
that improve the productivity of their workforce, the Minister challenged
members of the Institute to bring their expert personnel management skills to
bear on the nation’s low productivity levels, as he pointed out that the
greatest wealth of a nation is not in its natural resources, but its human
their attention to the ERGP, the Minister said that it is a Plan that will
drive Nigeria on to a path of sustained, diversified and inclusive growth; a
Plan that will change the country in a fundamental way.
President Muhammadu Buhari said, through the implementation of the ERGP, we
will make Nigeria a self-reliant country in which ‘we grow what we eat and
consume what we make’. We intend to build a country that is an industrial and
agricultural power house. A country where poverty is reduced and prosperity
enhanced” he explained.
that over the years the CIPMN has strived to positively develop, sustain and
transform professional excellence in the Human Resources profession, he urge
members to keep up the good work. “As a Government of Change, we are happy to
associate with an organization that also sees itself as a change agent”, he
the focus of this year’s AGM which is on the three imperatives of innovation,
empowerment, and engagement, the Minister hoped that the outcome will produce
useful lessons that will further benefit both the government and the
excited that there are already some good news about the change the country is
seeking.“We are already seeing early positive signs that our strategy is
working. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) numbers indicate that in the 2nd
Quarter of this year we achieved a positive GDP growth of .55%. This means we
are now officially out of recession.
inflation rate is gradually and consistently easing up since the beginning of
this year; external reserves and Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) have improved
following the continuous stabilization of the exchange rate market; and the
industrial sector growth has turned positive after recording nine consecutive
quarters of contraction.”
acknowledged however that more work needs to be done to sustain the positive
momentum and it will require using the best talents and tapping into the
entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians; an area where the Chartered Institute of
Personnel Management, Nigeria (CIPMN), has a role to play.
speaking, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said conducive
industrial environment can be enhanced and sustained through consistent
dialogue between employers and their employees; and members of CIPM who act as
a bridge between the two have a responsibility to keep talking to both parties
for the sake of industrial peace and harmony.
Minister said both the employers and the employees have a symbiotic
relationship which, if properly nurtured, could lead to improved productivity
and increased output. It is the responsibility of personnel managers to ensure
that that relationship is managed for the overall benefit of the system, he
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who declared the conference open said the reforms being
carried out by her office is to reposition the civil for better productivity
and prudent management of resources for the benefit of the system and the
overall interest of the Nigerian people.
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