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Former President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Babatunde Adejumo; Commandant, Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Maj.-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade; and President, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), Wale Adediran, have called for leeway to arbitrary treatment of employees in the country.

Speaking yesterday at the 51st Annual National Conference of CIPM in Abuja, Adejumo insisted that the non-enforcement of extant labour rules and the arbitrary use of powers by employers were major causes of disruption of employment and labour practice in the country.

Adejumo, who was keynote speaker, stated that the prevailing development could affect the nation’s productivity and economic growth, adding that some labour practices in the country fell short of international best practices.

“All policies formulated by government must be made enforceable to benefit all and sundry, as well as see to the development of the organisation and the country’s economy. Failure to enforce laws or implement policies will retard the growth of the country or any organisation,” he said.

Interventions introduced by NICN, he added, have drastically addressed some issues in the sector, including reducing industrial unrest by about 70 per cent.

Oyebade disclosed that the strategic personnel plan of the army had helped in the case of the over 4,000 soldiers that were expected to be dismissed due to violation of military rules.

His words, “We recalled well over 3,300. We didn’t recall them because we had to listen to the hue and cry from different quarters; what we did was a strategic decision that borders on effective personnel management.

“These men may have erred on the battle field, but there must be some sort of human feelings.”

Speaking on ‘Disruption: Change the Game, he said the military had been able to disrupt the ways things were done by initiating critical strategies, including adjusting the curriculum of the NDA.

“The bulk of the arms recovered and the number of bandits that turn themselves in were much more than those we were able to neutralise in the course of our operations. But this always does not get into the news. That is why we, as a military, always find a way to change the game and ensure peace.”

According to Adediran, the practice of human resources management has reached an era where skills required to drive economies and corporations are redefined.


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