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HoS flays infiltration of manpower training by quacks


Folasade Yemi-Esan

Acting Head of Service of the Federation (HoS), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has declared that non- professionals have hijacked the training of manpower in the country as become an all comers affair. She stated this while delivering her keynote paper at the 26th Annual Conference of Heads of Training and Development in Public and Private sectors organised by the Centre for Management Development (CMD) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

At the conference with the theme, “Management and Human Capital Development in a Growing Economy for Sustainable Results,” she argued that non-professional trainers show complete disregard for professionalism, competence and ethical values.“But we must appreciate the CMD, which has been playing a pivotal role in capacity building and management in Nigeria. Any keen observer of training in Nigeria in recent times will admit that training activities have become an all comers affair and operators show complete disregard for professionalism, competence and ethical values.

“Many of those who provide the service lack the basic education, knowledge, training and professional competences to do so,” she said.Yemi-Esan, who was represented by Director of Learning and Development in her office, Augustine Uzor, however, noted that with the establishment of Nigerian Council for Management Development (NCMD) to set standards, the country has prospect through training, certification and accreditation and for such would make for professionalised management development training in the country.“With the centre assuming its rightful role and the current vision put in place, there are glorious prospects for management development in Nigeria.


“I also understand that CMD has also put together a directory or list of accredited institutions and consultants across the country, which is updated annually. This, I must emphasis, is most commendable and proactive on the part of its leadership and management,” she added.

The HoS also noted that in spite of reforms in the civil service, it has not reached its destination, particularly with regard to the level of aptitude and development of its workforce.“However, for the public service to attain its maximum potential, attitude of resistance to change must be effectively tackled because if we continue doing the same thing the same way, we most definitely will continue to get the same result.

“Thus, public service personnel or human resources managers have critical roles to play with respect to concept of change management.“On the part of the government, more focus is now placed on human capital Development since the inception of this administration. The present administration in 2015 conceived and launched the concept of change and introduced the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to drive the transformation of the nation’s economy,” she said.

Speaking, Director General of CMD, Bitrus Chinoko, thanked the organisations that sent their heads of training to the conference, noting that their action was a demonstration of trust, ability and commitment to train their workforce.He said investing in human capital through training was the most laudable strategy for upgrading knowledge, skills, attitude and competencies, stressing: “The greatest assets of any organisation are its human resources and as such organisations spend huge resources in building capacities of their employees.”


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