Members of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) stressed the need for employers and employees in the country to embrace Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in order to boost productivity in the country. The President of the Nigerian Branch of Employee Assistance Professionals Association, EAPA, Dr. Marcel Nwaogu said this in Lagos during a press briefing on the upcoming national conference of the association.
He said the focus of Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is to increase employees’ productivity, efficiency, stability, engagement, loyalty, financial awareness among many other benefits. According to him the EAP has grown over the years to become the world’s number one economic human resource tool.
Nwaogu said that in Nigeria, 99 per cent of the organizations do not have EAPA advisers. The less than one per cent that have EAPAs are multinationals.
He said that the conference which has the theme, ‘Productivity and Employee Wellbeing in Recession and Insurgency”, will be addressed by notable personalities including United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, who will deliver the keynote address; Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and international executive of EAPA to be led by the President, Lucy Henry.
The Chairperson Dr. Chinonye Nwankwo will also be speaking at the 2017 conference organizing committee. She said that the conference was expected to host over 500 delegates drawn from various sectors of the economy, including oil and Gas, health, banking and finance, telecoms, the academia and public sector.