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De-emphasise Paper Qualifications, Don Urges Employers

Posted: Jun 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba.

AN Associate Professor of Public Administration, Enugu State   University of Technology (ESUT), Francis Chikeleze, has urged for employers to de-emphasis on the possession of certificates when they want to engage their employees.

Chikeleze made the call in a paper he presented at the inauguration  of the Abia State chapter of the Public Administration and Management Development Institute (PAMDI) at the Abia State Polytechnics, Aba.

In the lecture titled “Towards An Efficient Public Service in Nigeria: The Human Resources Factor”, he opined that the country’s social system needs to de-emphasise the possession of “mere  certificates” not accompanied by proven knowledge that can be translated and deployed creatively”.

According to him, the educational system needs to urgently synchronise the needs in the workplace with the knowledge acquired in the school system in such a way that graduates should not be left out in any doubt as to what they will do with what they learn in school.

He insisted that the graduates must clearly understand how the education they acquire in the school can be applied in specific service delivery process, adding” they (graduates) must be ready to prove that their certificates are substantially backed by real and functional knowledge in the areas they are certified.

Chikeleze urged employers to initiate deliberate efforts to ensure that only eminently qualified persons are engaged through widely circulated vacancy adverts and rigorous interview process capable of giving candidates the opportunities their knowledge and anticipated value to the organisation if engaged.

In his remarks, the chairman of the Abia State Chapter of the  Institute, Tobias Amara, urged the members to explore the opportunities provided by the institute to better their lot.

Amara, a senior lecturer with the Department of Public Administration, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, emphasised the need for members to uphold religiously the ethics of the institute.

Highlight of the event was the investiture of the ‘Public Administrator/ Educational Excellence Award’ on the Rector of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Prof. Uche Ikonne by the PAMDI, Abia State chapter.

Other awardees are the registrar of the polytechnic, P.B.O Aharauka, and A.N Alozie, who received the Fellowship Awards each, while a notable industrialist, Emma Omeokwe, received the Industry Leadership Award on Tourism and Hotels Management.