By Victor Ahiuma-Young
CHARTERED Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) would hold its Manufacturing Sector HR Forum on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA House, Ikeja.
The theme of the forum is â€œâ€Maximising the potentials of the manufacturing sector in a recessing economy – the role of human resource management.â€
A statement signed by the Registrar/CEO of CIPMN, Mallam Musa Rabiu said the HR Director of 7up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Femi Mokikan would be the lead speaker while the Managing Director of Bagco Limited, Mr. Albert Louw would chair the event. The President / Chairman of Council of the Institute, Dr Oladimeji Alo (FCIPM), is the chief host at the event.
According to the statement, other participants and stakeholders expected at the event include HR Practitioners, representatives of NECA, the two labour centres ,the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, (TUC) ,members of the committees on Labour and Productivity of the Senate and House of Representatives respectively, including Line Managers and prospective investors in the sector.
The statement said, â€œThe current global economic crisis has quite evidently affected the manufacturing sector whereby industries are folding up, job losses are occurring and capacity utilisation is really not at the optimal level. Yet, HR manages the people-side of the business and should support the sector to recover. The objective of the forum is basically to look at what HR can do in improving human capital development and deployment since our members are HR directors in the key industries in the manufacturing sector. We want to come together to look at what we as professionals can do with theâ€˜management of each of the firms in this industry.â€
â€œOur challenge as a professional institute is to leverage effectively the professional capability, (i.e. recruitment, performance management and other elements of HRM value chain) of our members in order to add value to the business objectives of the organisations in all sectors of the Nigerian economy. The Manufacturing sector HR Forum will enable us to do thatâ€