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CIPM to deregister 10,897 inactive HR practitioners


 CIPM’s President, Anthony Arabome

CIPM’s President, Anthony Arabome

Barring any last minute adjustment, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) Nigeria is to deregister 10, 897 Human Resource (HR) practitioners over non payment of mandatory dues up to 2015.

The inactive members, out of a total of 13,392 registered CIPM members, are to be duly notified by the leadership of the body.

The apex regulatory body for human resources management in the country, at the 47th general meeting in Lagos, explained that the governing council had given approval that defaulting members be delisted by October 31, 2016, after due notifications to concerned members.

President of the CIPM, Anthony Arabome, said though membership had seen significant improvement in the last one year, there was need to keep the number active and relevant.

Arabome said that the CIPM is concerned about the huge numbers involved, adding that the factors responsible for 81 per cent of its registered members being inactive are under focus.

His words: “We are beginning to gather data to understand why that is the case. Although our dues are not exorbitant but the micro-economic issues in the country with salaries not being paid, increased level of poverty and difficulty means that people are going to prioritise other things — food, rents, school fees and so on — over our membership dues. That is one of the reason I think may be responsible.

“The deadline is something we would have to think about, so that we don’t cut our nose to spite our face. We want increase membership but also don’t want to do something that can backfire. Understanding why people behave that way is critical and that will shape what we will decide to do in going forward, “ he said.

The president, in his statement at the general meeting, reported an appreciable progress in the student registration for the professional examination which rose in 2015 by four per cent over 2014 to 2898.

He said that his achievements in the last one year were due to the the implementation of CIPM’s strategic objectives, which include focus on the Millennium building (now completed), contribution to national development through the ‘management of national unemployment challenge (MNUC)’ project, and on going efforts on accreditation.

On accreditation, he said it was part of their efforts to help the government realise its dream of building a world-class civil service.

“To do that, they need to have a cadre of HR professionals right inside the civil service. That is why we are saying that they should recognized CIPM qualifications for those doing HR work in the civil service. Surely, they will build an HR cadre that can help the government, either state or Federal level, to build a civil service that is of a world-class standard to move the government and the country to where they ought to be.

“We are also working on membership because it is what will keep this institute going — as a membership organisation. But at the same time, we need it to remain relevant and impactful in terms of contributions it can make to the national economy,” Arabome said.

From the CIPM membership data as at April 8, 2016, a total of 1,911 are registered as affiliate members, out of which 1,892 (99 per cent) are inactive. A total of 1,656 are registered in Graduate cadre, out of which 1,647 (99.5 per cent) are inactive.

In the Associate category, CIPM has a total of 8,802 out of which 6,792 (77 per cent) are inactive. Full members are 777 in number, out of which 447 (58 per cent) are inactive. Fellows of the CIPM are 246 in number, out of which 119 (48 per cent) are inactive.

Registrar of the institute, Sunday Adeyemi, noted that the governing council had given approval that all members be notified about the payment of membership subscription and consequently “the intention of the institute to delist defaulting members by October 31, 2016 in accordance with the Part III Section 6 (d) of CIPM Act No 58 of 1992.”

Adeyemi informed that adverts were placed in national newspapers and other social media platforms of the institute in the week commencing April 4, 2016 notifying all members about the payment of outstanding dues and the intention to delist by the above deadline.

Responding to concerns raised by members like Segun Osinowo, Olukemi Onabanjo and Olajide Ologun, the registrar said that the council only arrived at the delisting option after moral persuasions.

Adeyemi said efforts in the last eight years had been by persuasion, by writing to members and organisations and it worked to an extent.

“But the biggest of our plan is to delist. We are going to place adverts again and there will be no extension this time around. If we are 5000 members, we are 5000. On people owing us for 10 years and whether we are going to forgive them, we are still working on that,” Adeyemi said.

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