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Prevent diversion of training funds, HR expert tells Tinubu, Govs



Bola Tinubu

As Nigerians joined their counterparts across the world to mark the International Human Resources Day, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, FCIPM, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu and all the 36 state governors to prioritise training of their work-force and stop government functionaries from diverting money meant for training to any other programmes or projects.

May 20 of every year is set-aside to recognize the valuable and irreplaceable role of human resources, HR professionals in helping organisations achieve their goals.

Their functions include recruitment, placement, training, discipline and evolving good welfare package for serving and retiring personnel of various organisations, among others.

In his remarks to mark this year’s HR Day, the HR consultant who specialises in human capacity building in the area of health along with some medical experts, also charged the governments at all levels to ensure that those in their Administration/HR Departments of public and private sector organisations are fully registered as HR professionals with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, CIPM, the apex regulatory body for human resources management practice in the country.

Ibrahim, who retired voluntarily from the Kwara State public service 16 years ago,
declared that any HR practitioner that is not registered with CIPM is a quack.

He, however, saluted human resource management practitioners across the country “for their wonderful roles in securing and retaining qualified personnels to serve public and private organisations in Nigeria.”

This is just as he called on public sector organizations at the federal, state and local government levels to change their present attitude to training.

Ibrahim regretted that “even though training and re-training are often emphasized during by all governmental activities, facts at the disposal of everyone today is that training has been relegated to background presently as no vote is provided for training and when provided in some cases it is often diverted to other course.”

This, he identified as “one of the causes of bad governance as functionaries are not well-trained nor motivated to do well on their jobs.”

He, therefore, emphasized the need for training of workforce on how to prevent and treat certain ailments like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and mental health balance, stressing that “restricting training of personnels to the professions they belong is not ideal as everybody needs good health to function well and survive generally.”

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