Communique at the CIPM 48th Annual National Conference




The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) held her 48th Annual National Conference at The International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja between 18th and 20th October 2016. The theme of the Conference was – People! Potentials! Possibilities!


The 2016 Annual Conference was attended by 1,674 delegates from various works of life, including top government functionaries, business executives, opinion leaders, leaders of thought, and policy makers from both public and private sector organizations.


The President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, Mr. Anthony Arabome, FCIPM delivered the welcome address while the Honourable Minister Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, M.D., CFA delivered the keynote address.  Among the dignitaries that graced this years’ conference were the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita represented by the Permanent Secretary Special Duties, Barr. Philis O Nwodike, Senior Special Adviser to the Vice President on Employment & Job Creation, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede, Corp Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi represented by the Assistant Corp Marshall Personnel Mr. Godwin Ogaga Oghene, CEO Stanbic IBTC Mr. Yinka Sanni, Head of Service Sokoto State, Dr. Buhari Bello Kware, Head of Service Niger State represented by the Permanent Secretary Human Resources, Engr. Abubakar Salisu and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Establishment Hajia Saphia Mohammed Bawa, amongst other eminent dignitaries.



·         UNLEASH: Potentials & Possibilities by Shai Ganu; Partner, Talent Business Leader, Mercer Consulting, Asia

·         The Essence of Public Service and the Future of Nigeria by Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita;Head of the Civil Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

·         Productive Employment & Decent Work: Towards a Better Nation by Dennis Zulu; Director, ILO Country Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra-Leone and Liaison Office for ECOWAS

·         Making the Difference: The Power of YOU by Chude Jideonwo; Co-founder and Managing Partner of RED Media Africa/The Future Project




·         Business Acumen: Building Financial & Analytic Capabilities by Ifeanyi Ted Theodore; Managing Partner, Ischus Consulting

·         Contemporary Issues in Nigerian Labour Law by Barrister Bimbo Atilola; Managing Partner, Hybrid Solicitors

·         Developing Change Capacity in a VUCA Environment by Dr. Franca Ovadje; Founder of Centre for Research in Leadership and Ethics, LAGOS BUSINESS SCHOOL, PAN ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

·         Future of HR: The New Digital Economy by Yomi Fawehinmi; Chevron Nigeria represented by Chido Okoli

·         All Work and No Play: Serving Up Wellness by Tope Adeniyi; CEO, AXA Mansard Health

·         Creating a Succession Plan that Works by Tosin Akinyemi; HR Director, BAT

·         Performance Management & Learning Intervention in the Public Sector byMrs. Olubunmi Fabamwo, FCIPM; Director General, PSSDC, Lagos

·         Game Plan for Maximizing Employee Performance by Mr. Ide Owodiong – Idemeko; HUMAN RESOURCES, Exxon Mobil




·         Performance Management and Total Reward by Mrs. Enife Atobiloye, Managing Consultant,  Human Leadership Resources

·         Talent Acquisition and Knowledge Retention by Mr. Segun Mojeed, FCIPM; Bezaleel Consulting and Mr. Chizi Uduanochie HR Director, SHELL PDC

·         Personal and Leadership Development by Mrs. Oyiza Salu Group Head, HR GT Bank

·         Contemporary HR Issues in the Public Sector by Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka, Office of the Head Of Service Governor’s Office, Ekiti State




·         Panel Discussion: Addressing Nigeria’s Unemployment by Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede  represented by Dr Paul Adaliko, Prof Olu Ajakaiye, Dr. Musa Rabiu, FCIPM, Mr Mac-Ikemenjima Dabesaki, moderated by Mr. Kayode Akintemi




1.    The wellness and overall wellbeing of workers both in private and public enterprise is crucial for ensuring high performing workforce; private and public enterprises should create a supportive environment for employee wellness.


2.    Organizations and Government establishments must understand that emotional connection compliments the contractual deal in managing a high performing workforce; employers should provide superior Employee Value Proposition (EVP) through innovations in employee compensation, employee benefits, career management, work-life balance / lifestyle and generating positive employee emotions.


3.    A productive and highly efficient public service is needed to deliver government programs to the public; hence, the reforms in the public service should be sustained and improved upon in order to ensure that government delivers its electoral promises to the people.


4.    To ensure efficient and effective service delivery, there is need to attract, retain and properly manage core talents; government at all levels should accord high priority to capacity building through adequate investment in human capital development and utilization, institutions and practices.


5.    To unleash Nigeria’s potentials and ensure that the next decade of growth brings sharp reductions in poverty, government should pursue reforms aimed at increasing productivity, raising incomes, and delivering essential services like healthcare and education more efficiently.


  1. To bridge the unemployment gap in Nigeria, there should be a well-articulated national development plan that seeks to promote both formal, informal, pre-vocational and vocational education. There should be a robust collaboration between government and the private sector.
  2. There is the need to close the gap between the curriculum in the educational institutions and the skills needed in the industries. The Ministry of Education and Youth Development should embark on a review of academic curriculum with experts from the industries as part of the team.

8.    We must aggregate the collective efforts that both past and present administrations have continued to make on dealing with unemployment. There should be proper planning while avoiding fragmentation and duplication of programs aimed at job creation. Synergy amongst the Ministry, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) is important for success to be achieved while the Ministry of Budget & National Planning should play pivotal role in all planning initiatives of government


9.    Organizations should avoid assessing employees only on simple measures such as grades and test scores, which often fail to accurately predict success; relying on just a few metrics to evaluate employee performance should be avoided all together. Business leaders and Government should develop a culture of data-driven decision making.


10.  Given the ethno-geopolitical nature of Nigeria, the principle of Federal Character in Public Service recruitment should not be used in isolation. There should be a merit-based recruitment exercise even when we apply this principle.


  1. Organizations should exploit existing capabilities and create new ones in order to thrive in difficult economic situations. They must balance alignment and flexibility, explore new opportunities and adjust to volatile markets.


  1. To ensure that Nigeria meets her expectation of achieving decent work environment, Government should take urgent measures to ratify all the relevant ILO conventions and pass them into law while public & private sector organizations should implement provisions of the law

13.  Organizations should build and maintain a sustainable culture that values People and recognizes their Potentials; doing this will open many Possibilities trapped within the employees





On behalf of the Governing Council, Management and entire membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), the President and Chairman of the Council, Mr. Anthony Arabome FCIPM, expresses his appreciation to everyone that contributed to the success of the 48th Annual National Conference of our great institute.

In particular, our heartfelt appreciation goes to:

·         His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR,  President Federal Republic of Nigeria

·         Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Hon. Minister, Industries, Trade & Investment

·         Dr. Chris Ngige, Hon. Minister for Labour & Employment

·         Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Civil Service of the Federation

·         All Guest Speakers and Lead Facilitators, Corporate and Individual Sponsors, Gentle Men and Women of the Press, Conference Planning Committee members and all delegates at the 48th Annual National Conference.


Thank You.




Anthony Arabome FCIPM

President & Chairman of Council, CIPM


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