The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, has called on members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) to strive towards improving the human resource management in public service through capacity and development.
Udom, who gave the advice at the investiture ceremony of the 18th President/ Chairman of Council of the Institute, Udom Inoyo, in Lagos, stated the need to bring back professionalism and integrity in the service.
The governor, who pointed out that â€œthe best group of people that grow an economy are professionals because they are not desperate for anythingâ€, noted that the growth of the Nigerian economy largely depends on policies made by those in authority.
He said that the citizens should have strong interest in the growth and development of the nation.
â€œChange is one constant factor. We have to consider how to manage people because it is one of the greatest assets. Once you manage people, you ultimately influence their mindset,â€ he noted.
Udom lauded the Institute for the promotion and regulation of the practice of human resource management in the country, reaffirming that the vision of the current administration is to create a well-structured public service marked with a competent force that delivers significant values.
As part of his administration determination to promote efficiency in the state public service, Udom said he has directed the Head of Service in the state to initiate the collaboration with the Institute towards achieving that goal.
He said the collaboration was aimed at promoting competence and capability development, especially for officers in administrative roles.
â€œI believe once I can develop the people and their minds can work well, it will help the growth of the state economy. Developing the mindsets of the people was one of the things we did when we began. We realised in improving human capital, we have to embark on re-inventing the minds of the people. We have to make them realise that they have the potentials to become whatever they choose to become,â€ he added.
In his remarks, the New President of the Institute, Udom Inoyo, stated that the process of employing people in the public service has to change, even as he recommended for improved growth in the service.
He remarked that there is need for effective human resource management in the public service, insisting the country cannot move forward with the wrong people in positions of authority.
Inoyo also stressed the need to strengthen the partnership with government and other stakeholders in supporting processes and programmes that could lead to the rebirth of the economy and national workforce.