The Deputy Registrar , Directorate of Human Resources, University of Ilorin, Mrs Rebecca Okajie, has asserted that success of any organisation particularly during recession is dependant on role played by Human Resources’ Managers.
This, she said could be only achieved by developing and implementing unique and strategic practices which would guaranty not just survival but confer a competitive advantage in future.
Okajie stated this in Ilorin at the 1st annual conference of the Kwara Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) held recently.
The deputy registrar, who delivered a paper titled “The Changing Roles of Human Resources Practitioners in a Competitive Environment,” said Human Resource unit in an organisation must always be seen to add value in order to remain relevant.
She explained that the role of the unit was germane to the accomplishment of goals of organisations.
She noted that companies and organisations particularly in Nigeria were at present going through challenging and precarious business environment with significant effects on Human Resources Management processes.
Okajie, who was the lead speaker at the conference, said Human Resources must therefore maintain a delicate balance during the process of discussing areas of inadequacies to minimise sensitivity to negative feedback because of fear of job loss.
According to her, the unit should always be on top of its activity, stressing need for the practitioners to always take charge of their function, assume the reins and so, provide meaningful support for the future
She also stressed the need for knowledge acquisition for improved performance
Speaking on the Nigerian economic environment, Dr Aderemi Medupin identified epileptic power supply, lack of physical infrastructure, insecurity, corruption, fiscal federalism and inhospitable business environment among others as constraint to economic development and increased labour productivity in the country.
Medupin, who is the acting Dean of Management Sciences, Al-Hikmah University, however, said that Nigeria could realise her great potential if it undertakes sustained and effective investment in education, infrastructure and technology.
he said: “The fall in oil prices from mid-2014 to early 2016 highlighted the importance of more diversified economy for long-term sustainable growth.
“Nigeria has the advantage of a large workforce of over 70 million, even as the majority is under-skilled. So, it becomes imperative to equip workers with the skills needed to keep pace with an economy in transition like Nigeria.
“Average productivity of a worker in Nigeria is considered very low at US$3.24/hr relative to US$19.68/hr in South Africa and US$29.34/hr in Turkey”, he said.
The Don also highlighted the need to have leaders with political will at the helm of affairs, saying “there is no substitute for a leadership that is sincere and committed and has the political will to sustain the reform process, without disruptions and unnecessary policy switches.