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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

WAIFEM key to human resource development in West Africa

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Professor Akpan H Ekpo gave this declaration in a statement read yesterday by his representative Mr Ousman Sowe during the opening of the WAIFEM regional course on managing human resources for organisational effectiveness at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi.

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He said: “Since it commenced operations in 1997, the institute has executed 507 training and capacity building programmes which have benefitted about 14,000 middle or senior executive level officials from the sub region and beyond. Today, WAIFEM is rated as a centre of excellence in capacity building and training.

“In 2012, the board approved the establishment of the Business Development Unit which caters for the capacity needs of the private sector. The synergies of both the public and private sectors are essential for eventual economic integration of the sub-region. From June this year, WAIFEM would commence e-learning diploma and advanced diploma programmes in Banking Supervision and Public Debt Management.”

Ekpo, while making direct reference to the 9-day course, noted that the role of a human resource manager in promoting development and poverty reduction could not be scarcely overstated. 

He added: “The paradox of grinding poverty cohabiting with abundant natural and human resource endowment is obvious for all to see in most countries in the West African sub region. Scholars of development economics have attributed this state of affairs to weak executive capacity in the countries. Therefore, any effort to haul African countries from their present state of underdevelopment must locate capacity building and effective management of human resource at its hub.

“The main objective of the course is to examine the efficient role human resource management can play in organisational effectiveness and economic development. Specifically, the course will prepare participants to appreciate the need for change management, organisational culture as well as gender issues at the workplace. Also, the course will reel out strategic and policy issues in human resource management and their linkages to national and regional economic development.” 

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