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‘Strategic HR in public sector critical for growth’

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Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Public Service Transformation Office (PSTO), Jola Oyeneye, has called for adoption of strategic Human Resource (HR) management in developing and retaining employees to achieve government’s goals.
   
Oyeneye stated this at the 40th Induction Ceremony of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) for Inductees from the Lagos State Civil Service. 
He maintained that HR issues in the public sector could be a difficult hurdle as there are different components that could cause ineffective decisions that may slow down operations.
 
He listed the benefits of strategic HR to include increased job satisfaction, better work culture, improved clients’ satisfaction and higher productivity.
President and Chairman of Council, CIPM, Wale Adediran, who was represented by the institute’s National Treasurer, Chidinma Obiejesi, said HR in the public sector, should drive a change management agenda to propel the emergence of a new work culture.
 
He urged the newly-inducted to keep learning, unlearning and relearning to remain relevant. Following the disruption by the COVID-19 pandemic, Oyediran said there was “a need for constant advancement to ensure we are agile and can seamlessly adjust and effectively manage the daily challenges of this new world of work.
 
“It calls for strategic people management that is responsive, adaptive and able to constantly identify and provide the knowledge, skills and behavioral attributes needed to achieve set goals.”
 
Head of Service, Lagos State, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, urged the inductees to stand tall at all times while upholding the highest ethical standards of the profession without fear or favour. He advised them to utilise the knowledge and skills acquired during training to positively impact their respective ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

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