Town/Gown Interaction with HR Director of Flour Mills Plc, Nigeria

     As part of our contributions towards the promotion of Covenant University’s drive to enhance the employability of our graduates, the department of Business Management organized the first seminar in the series of Town/Gown seminars on 30th January, 2015. The guest speaker was Mr. Wale Adediran (HR Director, Flour Mills (Nigeria) Plc.

     The Dean, College of Business and Social SciencesProf. I.Olurinola declared the event open through his representative, Dr. F.Iyoha (Deputy Dean, SBUS). Before declaring it open, Dr. Iyoha eulogized the management of Covenant University for coming up with this initiative and called on the students to take advantage of the opportunity offered by this initiative. Mr. Salau read the citation of the guest speaker who is the HR Director of Flour Mills. He has a B.Sc., M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan. He later subjected himself to the rigorous professional training in HRM. Apart from his present company, he has worked with such other companies as Procter and Gamble Plc, FrigoGlass Nigeria Plc, all within the period of 23 years.

     The guest speaker spoke on ‘Human Resource Management: Rhetoric or Reality’. As part of his prelude to the lecture. On his opening statement, he emphasized that ‘A good human resource management practitioner performs the role of a pastor and that of a parent’. In a bid to shed further light, he opined that an HR practitioner should be a confidant of the employees. He/she must seek the welfare of his/her employees. In the same vein, he should be able to perform the role of a parent by ensuring that he is fair and firm.

     In a further attempt to enrich the lecture, Mr. Adediran shared his experience in P&G and Guinness Nig. Plc. According to him, an HR practitioner is a strategic partner, agent of change, administrative expert and employees’ champion. He narrated the evolution of HR thoughts: HRM started as Establishment and Administration, and later became Personnel Management. Right now, it is called Human Resource Management.

     He further concluded by highlighting the key areas of HR as talent resourcing, talent development, employee engagement and Industrial Relation as well as HR service delivery.

     CLICK HERE for the full seminar paper.