By Abdullahi Ahmed Malajiri
Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management IBDFM has held her 35th Mandatory Continuing Professional Development MCPD, Investiture of Fellowship and Induction ceremony at the Mechanical Engineering Conference Hall of Modibbo Adama University, MAU Yola, Adamawa state, Northeast Nigeria.
The programme with the theme: Managing “Unconscious Bias in Decision Making” has on Saturday conferred fellow membership to eight distinguished professionals, two senior members, three full members, one associate member and four graduate members.
IBDFM, the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr Sukana Danjuma Tusha explained, is focused on producing professionals equipped with world class knowledge and skills in business diplomacy and financial management for positions of leadership and influence in the country.
According to Sukana, IBDFM has the mission “to prepare specialised professionals understand the mechanics of business diplomacy, international negotiation and global finance for positions of leadership and influence; having acquired knowledge and skills from internationalised standard programme, the members will be able to perform their services professionally”.
In his welcome address, the President and Chairman of Council, Prof. Ayuba A. Aminu ably represented by the Member Governing Council and Chairman Local Organising Committee, Dr. Adamu Muhammad Dodo, explained that IBDFM is a professional body approved and licensed by the Federal Ministry of Education with the consent of the Attorney General of the federation and is currently pursuing her chartered status.
According to the President IBDFM offered direct professional membership – by qualification and work experience – categorised into five cadres, namely; Fellow, Senior, Full Associate and Graduate.
Aminu said that professional members have the networking opportunities, enhanced professional status, improved professional credentials, professional and career developments.
The keynote speaker, Prof. Ibrahim Danjuma explained that unconscious biases, also known as implicit biases, are the underlying attitudes and stereotypes that people unconsciously attribute to another person or group of people that affect how they understand and engage with a person or group.
Unconscious bias can affect people’s decisions in all areas of life, but especially in the workplace.
“We may try to be as objective as possible when making important decisions, especially when these relate to work. However, as human beings, we are all subject to unconscious bias in one way or another, but the more we are aware of this, the more we can mitigate it,” Danjuma said.
Danjuma identified some of the types of unconscious bias to include affinity, attribution, conformity, gender, age, halo effect and Horns effect.
Danjuma also explained how to overcome unconscious bias where he said, managers should take time during decision making and about each person as an individual rather deploying any demographic bias.
The Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Land and Survey, Adamawa state, Hon. Ibrahim Mijinyawa Yayaji is a Fellow of the Institute. In his goodwill message, Yayaji commended the governing council for bringing the programme to Yola in spite of challenges associated with Covid-19. He congratulated the new members inducted and assured continued commitment to the course of the Institute.
Responding on behalf of the newly inducted members, Hajiya Mariya, a permanent secretary with Adamawa state government, expressed appreciation and promised to join in accomplishing the vision and mission on the Institute.
Dr. Bashir Ahmad Daneji, a Fellow Member of the Institute is the Deputy Chairman Local Organising Committee, in his votes of thanks has on behalf of the President/Chairman of Council and the entire management of the Institute heartily appreciated everyone who participated and contributed to the success of the ceremony.
Daneji, while wishing participants and organisers journey mercy to their various destinations, he commended the university security and thanked the management of Modibbo Adama University, MAU Yola for the free use of the venue.
The following are the new IBDFM members inducted on Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Yola:
1. Skepra Useni Baka (Taraba State)
2. Auta Kunaku (Taraba State)
3. Alexander David (Taraba State)
4. Abubakar Abbas (Adamawa State)
5. Musa Mijinyawa Bala (Adamawa State)
6. Mariya Adamu (Adamawa State)
7. Hauwa Module Kumshe (Adamawa State)
8. Faiza Abubakar Bawuro (Adamawa State)
1. Banana Umar
2. Zainab Sindigawo Mohammed
1. Elijah S. Istifanus
2. Mohammed Ahidjo
3. Zainab Abubakar Garbage
1. Salam Shehu
1. Kunihya Joseph
2. Hussain Jingi
3. Sardauna Sale
4. Joel Kazhegila Amos