Effectiveness of Human Resources Development of Construction Firms in North Western Nigeria
By Tukur Al-Mustapha
Building Technology Department
Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic
A strong human resources development has been recognised as an important prerequisite to the achievement of sustained competitive advantage to deliver products and services that can meet with client’s needs and satisfaction. The study assesses the effectiveness of human resources development (HRD) strategies practice by construction firms in North Western Nigeria. A total of 360 structured questionnaires were administered with 61% response rate. Respondents were asked to assess the strength of improvement of determined variables in their respective organisations, the variables was tested using ANOVA- F and mean score under five sub-heading (information and communication issues, organizational productivity, corporate performance, and organizational culture and staff turnover).The findings of the study revealed that HRD strategies adopted showed strong improvement on: performance, minimized wastage, and ease of handling development challenges while enhanced corporate loyalty, construction planning and design, group thinking and desire for professional growth followed. However the study revealed that out of the forty two variables tested; sixteen were strongly improved. It is recommended that HRD strategies practice by the construction firms in the study area should be periodically accredited and reemphasized to improve understanding and increase willingness and commitment in implementing effective HRD strategies.
KEYWORDS: Construction firms, Human resource development strategies, North Western, Nigeria.
Construction has impacts on the quality of life for building facilities and plays a major role in a nation’s economy and development. According to Farooqui, Masood and Aziz (2008) construction sector is globally considered to be a basic industry on which the development of a country depends. To a great extent, the growth of a country and its development status is generally determined by the quality of its infrastructure and construction projects. According to Jackson (2004), quality is contained in the tripod of construction management; it does not only impact appearance and durability but also the performance of a project. Performance evaluation in construction project generally focuses on a limited number of performance elements which is the act of achieving the project goals related to the product, which are completing the project on time, within budget and with the required quality and to client satisfaction (Blismas, Sher and Thorpe, 1999; Egemen and Mohamed, 2006). Nowadays, private sector place more emphasis on the profit rather than the quality and time which was the major concern in the past (Abdul-Rahman, Wang and Yap, 2010). Therefore, in order for construction firms to realize forgoing performance elements of construction project optimally, the concept of HRD strategies must be stressed in the firms to improve the quality of product and services (Idrus and Sodangi, 2010). The willingness to change the quality of HR will determine the success of total quality and time management in the firms (Zeynep, Arditi, Dikmen and Birgonul, 2008). Quality and efficiency HR have been identified as the major imperatives lacking in Nigeria’s construction firms. Construction labours tend to focus more on the number of hours worked and quantity of work done rather than the quality of work executed and time taking to complete the work. In regard to this, all stakeholders involved in construction firms have a role to play in order to deliver a quality product within stipulated time. On this note, this study sets out to assess the effectiveness of HRD strategies of construction firms in North Western Nigerian.
About the Author
Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic
Kebbi State, Nigeria
Tukur Al-Mustapha was born at Lailaba Town in Argungu Local Government, Kebbi State; he was educated at Lailaba model primary school Lailaba, Government Secondary school Turata Zamfarfa State, Government Technical College Bunza, Kebbi State. Further for higher education at Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State and did his National Youth Service at Edo State between 1989-2016.
Professionally, he was educated as Registered Builder with Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (COBON) and Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) between 2008 and 2010. Tukur Almustapha is married; at present he is an Academic Staff in Building Department, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.
Tukur can be contacted at email@example.com.