Productivity Centre develops five years strategic plan to boost operations

*Ngige raises productivity award panel

THE National Productivity Centre is developing a strategic development plan that will encapsulate the directions of it’s operations within the next five years. Inaugurating the committee that is saddled with the onerous task of developing the details of the plan in Abuja, the Director-General of the Centre, Dr Kashim Akor, said periodic strategic planning is at the core of the Centre’s mandate. Dr Akor stressed the need for a formidable strategic plan for the Centre. He further stated that any organization that wants to remain relevant and not gloom in darkness must evolve a workable and effective strategic plan that can guide them into changing times. Dr Akor urged the committee to draw up plans that will align with the aspirations of the government. He added: “The strategic plan must create better arrangements for proper productivity promotion and advocacy in Nigeria.” The terms of reference of the committee include prepare a work plan for the design of a 5-year strategic plan for the Centre; to prepare a budget estimate for executing the programme; develop a 5-year strategic plan for the Centre by prioritizing key issues based on input from a broad stakeholders base with measurable goals and time targets; monitor progress towards achievement of the strategic goals; determine potential responses to opportunities and or threats facing the Centre; provide input and advice on programme implementation and monitoring; provide input and advice on human resources and financial matters; receive information/reports from departmental committees;receive information/reports from State Offices committees and ensure efficient and effective implementation of the strategic plan. Dr Akor said the committee has three months to submit a draft strategic plan for the Centre. The Director Planning and Policy Analysis Department, Dr Gbenga Bamiduro, who co-chairs the committee with the Director-General, lauded the initiative. The 2021 – 2025 strategic plan is the second strategic plan under Dr Akor as Director-General. The 2016 – 2020 was the first time a strategic plan was developed by the Centre. All Head of departments, Senior Productivity Consultants and experts, all drawn from the Centre are members of the committee. In the meantime, the Federal Government has inaugurated the reconstituted National Productivity Order of Merit award committee. The committee was saddled with the responsibility of selecting deserving awardees for conferment. Ngige, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja, enjoined it to come up with a list of awardees for 2019 and 2020 for approval for confernment of the 2021 National Productivity Order Merit (NPOM) award by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Committee is headed by Barrister Ikechi Uko, who represents the productive sector, while Ms A.O Adenugba, a Director in National Productivity Centre, will serve as the secretary. The other members of the Committee are Habu Adamu Jajere, representing Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA); Mr Uche Nwokedi, SAN, representing Nigeria Bar Association (NBA); Senator Adawari Pepple, representing Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); Mr Jamiu A. Abdulkareem, representing the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), and Mr Victor Eburajojo, represents the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA). The rest of the members are Mr Jatau Kandu, representing Senate Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity; Hon. Adamu Ali Wudil, representing House Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity; Chief Hilary Edime Amodu, representing the Creative Sector; Dr Yerima Peter Tarfa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, and Dr Kashim Akor, Director General, NPC.

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