Hamzat Says Human Resource Management Needs 21st Century

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat

Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, says that effective human resource practitioners must be 21st Century compliant particularly with the challenges in the world today.

Hamzat said this at the public lecture of the Lagos State University Post Graduate Students’ Association of Human Resources and Industrial Relations Public Lecture, Lagos State University (LASU) on Thursday, Lagos.

The theme of the lecture: “Issues in Human Resource Management World: The Perspective of Academia, Practitioners and Policy Makers”.

Hamzat was represented by Mr Kasali Adeniran, Permanent Secretary in the office of the Special Adviser on Education said that the 21st century was about creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving.

“Effective human resource practitioner, particularly with the challenges in the world today, you must be 21st Century compliant.

“Lagos is unique in the sense that apart from being a mega city, Lagos is moving towards being an intelligent economy.

“Lagos State is becoming Africa’s model mega city, a global economic and financial hub that is safe, secured, functional and productive,” he said.

Hamzat said that presently we had the THEMES agenda, which was the development agenda that would drive the process, drive different initiatives, and policies to achieve the vision and mission we have set for ourselves in Lagos State.

“The only mechanism for realising the set plan is an effective and viral human resource management system.

“Any human resource practice must be able to address issues emanating from the social and human interaction today and that is why we are always talking about, not the work of the future but the work of today, the future is now,” he said.

Mr Seun Adebayo, President, LASU Postgraduate Students’ Association of Human Resources and Industrial Relations said that theme was for zeal, desire, drive and passion to get solutions to issues that have lingered in the human resources management world.

Adebayo said that experts need to be compliant and acquainted with the latest technological tools that were applicable and useful in human resources management.

Prof. Raheen Akewushola, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, LASU, who also represented Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello said that LASU was on top of its game to be the best university in West Africa and technology should be used to solve issues surrounding human resource management world.

Prof. Foluso Jayeoba, Head, Department, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, LASU added that the postgraduate school had graduated many students since 2006.

Jayeoba noted that recently the postgraduate school partnered with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) to educate the students on which certificate would be given to them by the institute.

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