Outsourcing professionals deepen advocacy to tackle sectoral challenges
The Association of Outsourcing Professionals of Nigeria (AOPN) has pledged to step up its advocacy activities, ensure strong legal backing and bring the association to relevance and the consciousness of government.The body however, vowed to tackle the Federal Government over an alleged outsourcing of jobs that indigenous Nigerians can execute to foreigners.
The association described situations where foreign experts are invited to authenticate jobs that are done by Nigerians as an insult.
Speaking shortly after he was sworn-in as the new President of AOPN, Dr. Obiora Madu, who disclosed some of his plans, with a view to tackling some of the sectoral challenges, said the sector needs government to create enabling environment for members of the association to thrive.
“We are going into deep advocacy and when such happens, we make noise about it. We have all it takes to do the job of the Nigerian Air logo here. For a Nigerian to finish a job and you say you need a foreign touch, is an insult. We will push to stop such. We can’t be fighting corruption and allow such things to happen and it could be only personal interest that drives such,” he said.
He said to tackle quackery in the industry, the association would pursue the process of obtaining a chartered status vigorously and make conscious effort to grow the unexploited domestic Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry to attract external opportunities.
The new president said the association would foster collaborations both locally and internationally for the purpose of capacity building and increase professionalism of members as well as seek funding partners for developing the outsourcing sector.
The Guest Speaker, Chris Itsede, who spoke on “Bridging the Unemployment/Unemployability Gap Through Outsourcing,” described outsourcing in all its variants, as increasingly being leveraged by many developing and emerging economies as an effective management tool to drive economic growth and employment generation.
The paradigm, according to him, holds immense potential as an effective antidote to the nagging and increasing problem of unemployment, especially among the youth in Nigeria. For Nigeria to take full advantage of the employment generation potentials of outsourcing, Itsede urged government at all levels to mainstream outsourcing into national economic growth and development strategies.
However, like every developmental achievement, he said the employment generating possibilities of outsourcing could only be fully realised through proper planning and implementation of a strategy to mainstream outsourcing into the national employment creation paradigm.