The Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) would be supporting the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) with staff exchange programme that would help in harnessing the professionalism of human resources management experts from collaborating companies.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of FCSC, Prof. Tunji Olaopa and the Director General of NECA, Mr. Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, on Friday in Abuja.
Speaking, Olaopa said the programme would give opportunity for mentors and coaches relationship, adding that it would help the Commission to set up a new management system with new corps of headhunted staff and specialists.
He added that due to the Commission deeply weak institutional capacity worsened by the turnover rate of pools staff posted from the civil service, the Commission has resolved to professionalise its secretariat and to once institute performance management as key steps in transforming it to a professional hub and centre of excellence for human resource management in the public service.
While observing that some critically needed, irreducible economic reform policies of the Tinubu administration may have caused a measure of disruption and triggered the exit of some major industries and employers, Olaopa said it was vital to strengthen institutional conversation between the public service and industry.
He added that there is need to also strengthen the institutional capacity of the public sector to harness the full benefits of public-private partnership (PPP), a process that would involve deploying elements of private sector management know-how to strengthen public sector productivity.
Olaopa noted that serious work was needed to establish the required institutional framework for harmonious industrial relations, including legislative reform and a revamp of the protocols for collective bargaining and dispute resolution.
The FCSC Chairman added that the government might need to convene the tripartite social partners in a no-holds-barred dialogue where all the issues are put on the table and resolved in a spirit of give-and-take to achieve the working consensus on industrial harmony as a basis for praxis going forward.
In his remarks, Oyerinde stated that economic growth was very much in the interest of the association.
“That is why we are fully supportive of your proposals for industrial harmony, as such harmony is an indispensable condition for growth and development”, said Oyerinde.
He assured that the association would help to facilitate the staff exchange programme, including drawing on similar initiatives that a NECA study team observed on a recent study to Ipswich in the United Kingdom.