CIPM moves to end HR quackery in Nigeria

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By Rukayat Moisemhe

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) says the institute is determined to tackle Human Resources (HR) management quackery to address its fallouts across various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The President of CIPM, Mr Olusegun Mojeed, said this during a news conference in celebration of the Institute’s 55th anniversary and 55th International Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday in Lagos.

Mojeed noted that the event slated for Nov 13 to 16 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja would be declared opened by President Bola Tinubu.

He said for regulatory bodies to ensure global best practices, everyone engaged in quackery must be brought to books to bring out the best in every sector of the economy.

Mojeed noted that one major challenge beguiling the human resources profession remained the issue of quackery where unqualified, uncertified people practiced people management.

According to him, organisations that do not value the people element and they think they can just put anybody to run human resources.

Mojeed also emphasised the need for people running both government and private sector affairs to be properly certified.

“You do not put a non-accountant in charge of your finances, a non-engineer to come and be building your houses or a non banker to run a bank for you, so why do that to run people management?

“When a quack is caught in the act, the first thing is to go to court as the law of the land stipulates.

“And you know, the funny thing is that if this quack repents, and they come through the proper channel, they too will be licensed to practice.

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“We are not looking for monopoly; what we are saying is that let things be done the way it should be done and as an institute, we have now decided to wake up to our responsibilities to stop quacks from defrauding innocent people.

“This is because by the law of this land, the CIPM is the only recognised professional body to manage, to develop, and to regulate the practice of people management,” he said.

Mojeed also emphasised the need for HR professionals to become employee advocates, credible activists, as they liaise between employee and management.

He noted that while the HR professional is not a unionist nor a business owner, he must be able to balance the role between the two by employing strategic thinking abilities in the affairs of any organisation.

Addressing the institute at 55 years, the CIPM president said though a lot had been done to grow the institute, they had just begun scratching the surface of growth.

“In the last three years, there has been a lot of expansion moves by the institute via the creation of the CIPM United Kingdom branch, Canada branch and soon to be the United States of America branch.

“We recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the U.K. and that covers a whole and brings about a lot of benefits for our members.

“Going forward for the HR profession is that recognition that as a profession, we cannot act in isolation and so, it’s important for us to work in collaboration with other organisations across the public and private sectors of the economy,” he said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma

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