The Governing Council of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners (IHRMP), Ghana, has paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, to discuss pertinent issues impacting on HR Development in Ghana.
The delegation led by the President of the Institute, Mr. John Wilson, congratulated the new Minister on his appointment and briefed him on the role of the Institute in national development. He indicated that the Institute trains Human Resource (HR) practitioners through its Professional Certification Programme to equip them with contemporary skills and knowledge in Human Resource Managements (HRM).
He added that the Institute was currently in talks with the Public Services Commission to train human resource practitioners in the Public Service.
Mr. Wilson also expressed the Institute’s readiness to support the Ministry in addressing pertinent issues on the labour front, and requested the Honourable Minister to contact the Institute on any human resource management challenge and labour issues that might require the institute’s professional advice.
He further affirmed the Institutes capacity to make valuable contributions to National development while assuring that the institute was excited about the development of the National Strategic HR Plan for the country. In addition, the President revealed the institute intention to lend support to the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in the development of a National Plan.
Welcoming the delegation, the Honourable Minister was happy to identify himself with the Institute, and pledged his support for its Mission and activities. He commended the Institute, particularly for developing a Code of Ethics and Conduct to regulate human resource practice in the country.
He also acknowledged the herculean task of the Ministry especially on the labour front but was quick to add that he and his team had accepted the challenge and would work assiduously to ensure a peaceful and harmonious labour environment conducive for development.
The Hon. Minister further underscored the need for HR practitioners in the country to project Human Resource Management as the cornerstone of every successful and high performing organisation, saying “…..today’s business and HR thinking is about developing employees to become more productive to the business”.
He advised that the Institute should reach out to practicing human resource practitioners who are not members, especially in the public sector to help build a strong profession in the country.
In conclusion, the Hon. Minister promised to collaborate with the Minister for Education to complete work on the HR Bill, which was highlighted as an imperative for fast-track ing the Institute’s bid for Charter status
Other members of the National Governing Council present were Mr. Ebenezer Agbettor, the Executive Director, Messrs Kwame Apedzi, Leonard Quarcoopome and Seth Dzordzorme, all Executive Members.