Project Management Training in Nigeria  :A Powerful Tool For Transforming the Economy

Project Management Training in Nigeria :A Powerful Tool For Transforming the Economy

Project management training in Nigeria is a powerful tool for transforming the Nigeria economy. Citizens expect good governance, better infrastructures, better living conditions and a lot more.For every serious minded government to be able to meet the ever increasing demand, the need for project management arises. According to PMI (Project Management Institute), “Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.” This means that every project being embarked on must be taken through a series of processes to ensure that project objectives are met.

Project Management Training(PMP Training) in Nigeria Public Sector:Major Problems it will resolve

Improper Planning

Poor Execution

Lack of Monitoring and Control

Improper close out

Improper Planning

Looking at various project scenarios within our environment, it is quite obvious that most projects are white elephant projects, lacking in depth planning. Schedules are not well planned, costs are not well planned, quality is not thought through and they run into risks that could have been avoided.

Contracts are awarded without anyone looking into the “How” the project will be delivered. Some roads get totally closed down without the provision of alternative routes for the people living within that location. This is also a result of no planning, because if there were plans, alternative routes would have been thought through and prepared or rather maybe the roads would not even be totally closed in the first instance.

Poor Execution

Delivery of a project to specified requirements is key in measuring how well the project has fared. Often times, it is observed that substandard materials, and sometimes incompetent people are engaged in project delivery. This is poor execution and leads to poor delivery. Sometimes you would observe that projects that have been completed and handed over needs repairs within months of commissioning. It could be that there was no plan to follow or the plan created was not followed at all.

Lack of monitoring and control

This is a major bane in the Public sector. There are no set metrics, hence nothing to monitor or control. Projects veer out of scope, are not delivered on time, and budgets are sometimes quadrupled. There are lots of wastes, idle hands being paid, unnecessary expenses being incurred etc this is a lot of carelessness in the systems. Project management ensures tighter reigns on the systems and thereby forces accountability.

Improper close out

At the end of each project, proper documentations must be done. Lessons learnt must be captured, reports submitted. The information in close out must contain: What did we do right? What did we do wrong? What should we improve upon? If all of these are not taken care of even after hand over, there would be major issues which we see often in our systems.

There is always a lot of reinventing the wheel all because no one documents the lessons learnt on previous projects and each project has to start its own learning all over again.

All of these, problems would be easily resolved because the process groups within project management, comfortably handles all of the issues. The process groups in Project Management according to PMI are

Initiating

Planning

Executing

Monitoring & Controlling

Closing

If these project managers in the Public sector, understands the real essence of a project and can follow a particular methodology to ensure project delivery, the citizens will believe more in the government, and there would be growth in all spheres of the economy as the public sector is a focal point and is seen as pivotal to the nation.Project Management training in Nigeria used in both the private and public sectors will help in turning around the economy.