By Ibitola Babatope Sugarito.
The need for experts to intensify in the area of Project Management took the center stage at a conference organised by the National Project Management (ProMaCon) in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to Michael Oluwagbemi, Principal Partner, Loftyinc, the gathering was put together as a wake-up call to government and professionals in the country to address a looming phenomenon that could impede national growth in near future.
Oluwagbemi who was moderator of one of the sessions at the conference, is of the opinion that having such gathering is a necessity in view of the rapidly depleting infrastructures in the country and the seemingly cash inadequacy on part of government to fix the overwhelming problem
Speaking at the occasion which marked the 10th year anniversary of the body, convener and founder of Project Management Conference (ProMaCon), Taopheek Babayeju said the Country suffers huge human material and financial resources to the raging scourge of project abandonment and mismanagement.
The Conference which attracted several professionals from diverse fields was put together to deliberate on how to proffer ways to institutionalize project management best practices in Nigeria.
Engr Bayo Adeola, Chairman of CPMS in his keynote address, calls for strategies and proper planning before execution of projects.
A cross section of participants at the conference
According to him, “the need for strategies and proper planning before executing a particular project is paramount, noting that “we need quality strategies, with project management to facilitate the process of actualising a strategy while leaders need to be committed to projects “.
He continued by saying the need to shore up strategies was informed by growing population rate above developments, stressing that government and professionals need to align to ensure a balance for a future national stability in that area.
“The rate at which population is growing is not in the same rate as the development we are experiencing. We are not doing well in trying to build a good quality of life, neither are we sustaining it,” he said
This year’s conference, with the theme: Accelerating National Development Through Project Management Practices, was put together basically to creating more awareness for the role of Project Management in National development, promoting project management best practices, contributing to the establishment of project management as a profession in Nigeria and developing a vibrant project management specialist network across the country.
The highpoint of the event was the awards and recognition for those who have made marks in the growth and sustenance of ProMaCon towards national development.
Dr. Yemi Kale received an Award of Excellence for his unrelenting support to the growth of Project Management in Nigeria, Engr. Bayo Adeola was presented a lifetime award for using Project Management to help organizations, commitment and steadfastness through project management best practices.
And on behalf of NIRSAL MD/CEO, Mr Aliyu A. AbdulHammed, Engr Bayonle Oladoja received an appreciation award for his immense contributions to Project Management in Nigeria.
The only Professor of Project Management in Nigeria, Professor Gibson Okoroafor, was also presented an award for his previous works on Project Management while PMI President, Dr Lambert Ofoegbu, was recognized for his tremendous contributions to Project Management among others.