Ini Billie, Uyo
The wife of the former Vice Chancellor at the University of Uyo, Dr Rosalyn Enefiok Essien has emerged the first female Chairman of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Akwa Ibom State.
Essien, who was elected unopposed during the institute’s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday in Uyo, said her emergence was a call to duty that would enable her to bring human resources managers in the state who do not belong to CIPM into the fold.
The chairman stated that her two-year experience as Vice Chairman of the branch has given her ample opportunity to fully understand the dynamics and workings of the professional body, adding that she would build on the legacies of her predecessor.
“Leadership is all about shared vision and responsibility. I want to assure you that during my tenure, I intend to build on the achievements of my predecessors in office. I am aware that the assignment is daunting, therefore I call on all members, all my colleagues, to join hands with me to strengthen Our Branch and move it to the next level.
“My administration will be membership-centred. In other words, emphasis will be on: membership growth, membership development and training, active participation of members in the Branch and CIPM activities, and members’ welfare.
“There are quite a number of Human Resource Managers in the State who do not belong to CIPM. We plan to grow our membership aggressively by reaching out to all qualified practitioners in the field. We will awaken their interest and bring them into the fold,” she stated.
Essien, who has a Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Management, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language, and is a seasoned bureaucrat that has built a career in Human Resources Management through her work in various cadres of the Akwa Ibom State Civil Service.
Also speaking, the former Chairman of CPIM, Mr Anthony Isonguyo listed training of members, advocacy through courtesy calls/visit to notable firms in the state such as Ibom Air, Ibom Icon & Golf Resorts , Nigerpet structures, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, among others as his achievements during his tenure.
He said the immediate past executive has reached out to organisations for training of their workforce, while they have successfully completed training sessions for other firms.
On his part, the National President, Mr Mojeed Olusegun, promised to remain a strong voice in bargaining thr implementation of the new minimum wage by the federal government, especially in states where it was yet to be implemented.
Olusegun who was represented by the South-South Zonal Vice President, Mr Samuel Omeregun said the group will continue to deliver effective human resources services which is its core mandate.
“We have a voice even at our level. We actually know that different states have different minimum wage bill due to lack of funds which they complained. But we sit in the federal civil service and we add our voice to the call for implementation of the minimum wage,” he said.
The topic for the 2023 AGM was “The Human Resources Methods of yhe Master” presented by Dr Ekanabasi Ubong as part of activities to mark the 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Institute.