Expertise, skills key to effective HR practice —LADIPO

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By Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA—The need for effective human resources practice and management in the work place was the focal point of discussion at the just concluded  49th Annual National Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, CIPM, of Nigeria in Abuja.

Professionals at the well attended conference harped on the significance of practitioners acquiring necessary skills and expertise in order to deliver quality service at the organizational level.

Speaking on the theme, “Innovate, empower, engage,” a panelist, Mrs. Oyeyemi Ladipo, Group General Manager, Human Resources, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, called on HR practitioners to dig deep to stay on top of their game, stressing that textbook knowledge alone was insufficient to operate in an information-driven world.

“To be able to function well as an HR person, you need expertise and skills. What you learn in books is different from the reality of the work place,” Oyeyemi said, even as she called on employers both in the public and private sectors of the economy to learn to engage their employees more in order to avert frequent recourse to industrial actions.”

On his part, another panelist, Justice Benedict Bakwaph from the National Industrial Court urged employers and employees to work for their mutual interest, saying knowledge of labour laws would go a long way in deepening understanding in the work place.

Justice Bakwaph however caused a moment of unease when he stated that in labour dispute resolution, it was better to get a bad judgment early than a good one too late. Justifying his position, the revered judge argued that a worker in his prime would still be able to move on with his life even if he’s unfairly treated by his employer, noting that the reverse was the case for a man in his 80s who only got judgment in his favour after years of prolonged court litigation.

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