On the 1st of October 2019, Nigeria will celebrate its 59th Independence Day Anniversary. This presents almost six decades of self-government by Nigerians. It also heralds the fifth unbroken democratic civilian to civilian hand-over of political leadership from 1999 to date. It is believed that this experience continues to deepen the country’s determination for democracy and the fruits derived from this acclaimed type of government.
Nigeria’s population is estimated well over 180 million people and a size able percentage of this Human Resource is deemed well able to contribute to the national human capital development and growth of the nation at various levels and across board.
Successful nations demonstrate a significant level of intent and deliberation in the process of identification, selection, development and grooming of its talent for leadership and service positions.
To this end, therefore institutes like the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management is poised to play a more active and professional role in the process of talent management within the public and private spaces.
Indeed, the quality and effectiveness of service delivered at the National, State and Local government correlates strongly with the quality of Leadership displayed in the establishment.
It is also imperative to develop sustainable and robust human capacity building mechanism to support national agenda and aspirations. This ensures that there is a critical pool of manpower to serve as enablers in achieving national goals.
The ability to create clear performance expectations through a well thought through performance management system is a “sine qua non’’. Some countries have instituted performance contracts (Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, Ghana, India etc).
It has been accepted that Performance Contracting serve a viable and important tool for improving government performance and achieving the nation’s strategic development goals.
Performance Contracting is a means of obtaining results within a framework of planned objectives, goals, and target. It helps to confirm the delivery of appropriate services according to overall vision, mission and mandates.
CIPM could play a significant role in evaluating and moderating the performance contract for a more inclusive government. This initiative falls well in line with various public sector reforms for improved public service delivery and national accountability framework; focusing on outputs and more importantly outcomes.
Nigeria certainly requires to institutionalize a performance-oriented culture in the public service with the ability to link reward to measurable performance. In this way the culture of accountability pervades the spectrum of the government.
The issues of Diversion and Inclusion Management is best situated within a functional and effective performance management system is functioned.
Provisions and consideration can be made to accommodate the diversity of ethnic colorations, religion, and other considerations for the advancement of unity in Nigeria. Therefore, the effectiveness of current organs (Federal Character Commission, Regional and Quota Systems etc.) set up to address the above factors may need to be re-appraised.
In discussing the Human Resource of Nigeria, compensation will also have to be addressed through the relevant employers, employee representatives on an on-going basis. Best Practices in industrial relations are critical in ensuring a productive workforce in the private and public sectors.
Nigeria’s educational curriculum from primary to university education needs to be re-examined. Each course needs to be reviewed on how they satisfy the current work requirements of the country and the changing world of work. Innovative courses should be introduced into the university curriculum to truly make Nigeria able to meet current and future Industrial Relations.
The Chartered Institute of personnel Management (CIPM) is the body empowered by legislation (Act 58 of 1992) to regulate the practice of Human Resource Management in Nigeria. Through continuous innovation, the institute strives to positively transform, develop and sustain professional excellence in the Human Resource profession. The Institute has continuously been regulating, training and licensing Nigerians fit to manage the human resource practice in both the private and public sectors.
To attain the next level as a nation, government, ministries, departments, agencies, private establishments, and SMEs are urged to partner with CIPM as it continues to play a major role in the people management agenda of Nigeria. This would be in the nation’s best interest at developing, managing and preparing the nation’s human capital development for Nigeria’s prospect of today and the future world of work.
Happy Independence Day Nigerians
Long Live Nigeria.