BPSR D-G, 60 others bag CIPM fellowship award
By EricJames Ochigbo
Mr Dasuki Arabi, the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has been conferred with a fellowship award of the Chattered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM)
Dasuki along 60 others were recognised at the 55th anniversary ceremony of the institute in Abuja for their exemplary leadership style, uncommon mentorship and successful managers of men and resources.
In an interview with the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Arabi said that he was happy and fulfilled, and at the same time, feeling scared.
According to him, this is because the president said have said that, to whom much is given much is expected.
“And that award is suppose to propel us to do better, so I am hoping and praying that this award will propel me and give me additional strength to improve on the work I am are doing.
“Most importantly I want to dedicate this award to my staff, my bosses and the wonderful people within the Nigerian public service that we have worked with over the years to improve the quality of work and service that we deliver to Nigerians.
“This will also make us to do better because somebody is watching us and there is hard work and recognition.
“Going by the National Strategy of the Public Reforms Service reforms, we are very close to our target to be among the first 20 public service in the world by 2025, this is another encouragement to me and my team,” he said.
Another awardee, Mr Nasiru Salisu, the Division General Manager of Kano Electricity Distribution Company tasked all Nigerias on professionalism and working hard.
He said that the fellowship award is all about professionalism in the field and not necessarily the number of degrees one possesses.
“All we need to do is to keep trying, one day you may get it or you may not but with time, one day, you will definitely get it, you will be there.
“I do not know the number of fellows in Kano but I know we are few and this is call on all of us especially those from the northern part of the country to wake up and join their counterpart from the south with regards to professionalism.
“It is all about professionalism, most of the times it is not about the number of degrees you have but how professional are you on the field,” he said.
Also, another awardee, Mr Ismail Abiodun said that the responsibility of the recognition is enormous as it is not just based on work done but character as well.
He said that there is no shortcut to success urging younger generation to be patient and diligent in whatever they do to attain wealth and success.
“With what we have done before when we look back, we know that we will be able to do more work for the country, for individuals, for the organisation we work in and for posterity.
“My becoming a fellow, I have used 27 years at the chartered institute of personnel management and I have been at my place of work for 30 years.
“We have come of age and a lot of water has passed under the bridge; we we want the upcoming guys to take it softly, there is no hurry to wealth and there is no shortcut to it, you must work diligently get whatever you have in the future.
“A lot of things are happening now and people are just cutting corners that is why some of the country’s resources are being used carelessly and are being wasted.
“They should not look at those who are making it, what is their contribution, what can they do for this country to better than what it is, I think that should be our focus other than to be chasing wealth.
“You want to be rich and you do not have anything to show for it; you must have something tangible to show whatever you have at any point in time so that things can move on well in this country,” he said.
Earlier, the President and Chairman of the Governing Council of CIPN, Mr Olusegun Mojeed said that fellowship award is professionally earned and are not given honorarily.
According to him, it is purely professional and you must have the experience and expertise and you must have paid your dues.
He explained that the institute has three categories of membership, associate, full member and then the fellow which is the ultimate.
“This year for instance, about 72 candidates were shortlisted base on qualification, years of experience, years spent on membership grade and only 61 made it.
“For the fellows for instance, the reward for good work is more work; what we have done tonight is to set them up for more work.
“We are going to be knocking on their doors they must contribute their quota to the growth of the institute, they must join us to life the institute to the next level of greatness.
“The charge is, our fellowship awards is not a retirement award rather it is for refiring award, one of the things we expect the fellows to be is to be role models.
“We expect the young ones to look up to them, they are men of impeccable character, men of integrity, people who have practiced human resources for years,” he said.