‘Human capital development, panacea for nation-building’
As Nigeria recently marked her 60th anniversary, the need for her to develop human capital has been underscored.
Experts maintain that human capital is fundamental to anything the citizens would ever achieve as a nation.
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) , Busola Alofe, has charged human capital professionals to expand their minds into not just the business but into the nation and what is critical for Nigeria to continue to grow.
Alofe, who spoke on the role of Human Resources (HR) professionals in driving national development said, “I see the role of HR helping to drive the agenda of government at the federal and state levels. I see it as a great opportunity for us to rethink the role of HR as people managers, as developing people that would grow and nurture the assets of the nation. We have a prime responsibility centred on nation-building. Therefore, human capital professionals must expand their minds into not just the business but into the nation and what is critical for Nigeria to continue to grow.”
Alofe, who also argued that HR professionals needed to get into space of contributing to the country’s development added: “HR professionals must understand the vision, objectives and the skill where they are needed and how we can help to develop the human capital of the nation, not just of the respective organisations where we work.
“We have a lot of skills we use in our various organisations, it is the same skills that are required for the development of the nation. We need to look at the various spaces of the economy and what we need to contribute to a better Nigeria.
“If Nigeria is going to succeed, every citizen must be skilled either through the university, technical, vocational, or entrepreneurship.
“For us, we have wonderful HR leaders in government institutions across levels who are doing well, as we support them, we have to also develop the public sector workforce to be excellent like the private sector. Once we connect the doors that way, then Nigeria would be able to connect and achieve our development goal to the year 2030.”
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