The Chartered Institute of Human Capital Development of Nigeria (CIHCDN) has called for deep orientation of Nigerians to rid the nation of corruption and instil core professionalism.
The Registrar and Chief Executive of the Institute, Sunday Ekune stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ekune said that such orientation was necessary to bridge the gap between learning and professionalism.
He noted that in spite of the focus of the current administration to rid the nation of corruption, the menace was still deep within the society because of the lack of orientation.
The registrar, therefore, hinted that the institute was already conducting research to determine all those things that were still missing.
“We talk of deeply orienting our workforce because as of now, we have Universities, Polytechnics and other professional associations. But you find that despite all that learning, we are not getting the expected result.
“The government now has come up with tackling corruption, insecurity and the rest, but in this second term, people are still crying.
“So there must be some vital thing that is missing.
“If you ask yourself the difference between a professional and an academician, you will find that the professional is the person that will accept responsibility and be serious with his work.
“That is lacking because of corruption and people have taken that corruption as if it is a way of doing everything.
“So I am saying that, despite all our big education, we are missing something and are not able to deliver, that is what we want to find out and that is the gap we want to fill,’’ he said.
Ekune said that it was the belief of the institute that after such orientation, professionals would not be found lacking in the areas of work.
The registrar also disclosed plans to reposition the institute, noting that his appointment which coincides with the appointment of a new board of governors marked a new beginning for the institute.
He explained that the work of the institute was mainly focused on training and human capital but added that COVID-19 had hampered its activities.
Ekune, however, noted that with the coming of the Annual General Meeting of the Institute, new measures were being deployed to ensure that it met its mandate in line with the new protocol on physical distancing.
Edited By: Kabir Muhammad/Sadiya Hamza