• Friday, December 08, 2023
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An evening with Mr. Employer


If you see him around 6:30pm, he will probably be jogging, and some other time, he takes pleasure walking for about four to five kilometres (though in a safe environment). It will also take a closer look to spot him during cool evenings when he rides his bicycle around his neighbourhood in shorts and T-shirts with all phones and distractions off.

What a way to cool off for one of Nigeria’s top human resources czars. It is only when you meet him in his multinational office and see the volume of work he does on daily basis that you will appreciate his choice of relaxation.

Welcome to the world of Victor Famuyibo, human resources director, Nigerian Breweries plc and the newly installed president/chairman of governing council of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).

Encounter with Victor, as his friends fondly call him, is one that leaves you with a lasting impression because of his belief and insistence on hard work, reward and professionalism in human resources practice. No wonder his professional colleagues express the confidence they repose in him by asking him to lead them in the highest capacity of their association.

That beautiful evening at Oriental Hotel, Lekki is still talked about by the guests, friends, family and professional colleagues from far and wide, and from all walks of life who came to witness his investiture as the president/chairman of governing council of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).

From Segun Ogunsanya, MD/CEO, Airtel Nigeria and chairman of the occasion, Michael Omolayole, pioneer president of the institute, Christopher Kolade, and Abiola Popoola, past and immediate past presidents respectively; to his personal friends such as Segun Ogunlewe, head of service, Lagos State Government, came great compliments and approval of his stewardship.

Of course, the various trainings, exposures, exchanges especially outside the country are yielding the expected results with his efficient management of the human resource department of multinational Nigeria Breweries plc for decades and running. That same efficiency and exposure is what CIPM is tapping into in letting Victor to lead the institute.

Expectedly, his friends and distinguished guests of the institute toasted to the new beginning at the institute that commences with Victor’s investiture. But the elated Victor is not intimidated by the new role coupled with his official responsibility at the brewery.

“There was a time I was called for service, I thought I was not mature for such levels of service and I declined. There were times on my own I volunteered to be at the background to support, to learn and to see someone more mature to take the front role and only to step in later. I thank God that I have such an opportunity to serve the institute at this level today,” he noted at his acceptance speech.

Having accepted to lead, Victor has some challenges to tackle. With his able team, he seems able to take the challenges head-on, and together they are taking on a transformation agenda. Foremost on the agenda is accreditation timely completion of the millennium building project, expansion of CIPM’s financial base with a hope to double last year’s performance, seeking alliance with international organisations and bodies, developing and attracting talents to the institute and translating all strategies into realities

Well, the tenure has already started, but the good thing is that Victor and his colleagues are confident that he will deliver.

By the time his tenure would have been over, he hopes to be remembered as that CIPM President / Chairman of Council who changed the name of the game and changed it permanently.

“I would like to be remembered as the president who was able to deliver professionalism to a height, who was able to reposition CIPM in a way that it would never be the same again in the minds of employers be it private or public sector,” he concluded.