New Body Promises Better Project Management

American Academy of Management of Projects and Programmes

By Patrick Ugeh

With the award of the Certificate of International Project Managers (CIPM) to a number of Nigerians in Abuja at the weekend, the African Project and Programme Management Board (APPMB) said the incidence of failed projects would witness reasonable reduction in Nigeria and Africa.

Global Adviser of the American Academy of Management of Projects and Programmes, Dr. Donald Agumenu said Nigeria and Africa would witness a new dawn with the development of the critical mass of very competent project managers to stem the tide of failed projects and poor implementation on the continent.

Ghana-based Direct Leadership Institute, of which Agumenu is President, had proposed at the inaugural meeting of Programme Management Conference of June 2013 for the establishment of a body of knowledge and a regional body for the project, portfolio and programme management community.

He mentioned the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as an example of a project that had been well managed and worth emulating.

Agumenu stressed the need for professionals such as were being turned out by the African Project and Programme Management Association to be given the opportunity to do projects for which they were qualified instead of cronyism and nepotism.

He also called for Customs to be regionalised to eschew the bottlenecks and other barriers that make trans-border trade difficult, noting that Africans had pioneered a lot of great things  and that the good things of the continent should be project.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Sen. Bala Mohammed said the inauguration of the Nigerian chapter of the APPMA was crucial to the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda and promised to do everything possible to encourage the group.
Chairman of the Nigerian chapter of APPMA, Mr. Adewale Adekaiyaoja noted that although Nigeria had more than enough project managers, interference in government policies and implementation was what caused project failures.

“You pay to get the project; you sell the project, and the people they sell the projects to are just novices, not professionals. When they sell a project, they don’t monitor the project. The people you sell the project to are square pegs in round holes, not the real people”.

He assured that because APPMA was coming from an international body, its products “will do very well in project implementation. Most international bodies we have in Nigeria are Nigeria-based, indigenous and now we have this international body”.

“Looking at it holistically, we stand a good stead. Look at the global factor. You will see that no one wants to fail because if you fail internationally, you know where you land. When it is local, anything can happen. So what we are going into by the AAPM will ensure that globally, taking Nigeria as a factor, they see Nigeria as one of the fastest growing economies in the whole world.”

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