The Federal Government should explore the opportunities of the intricate linkage between development and project management to fast track socio-economic development in the country, the CEO iCentra, Mr. Taopheek Babayeju has said.
Mr Babayeju who is also the Director National Conference on Project Management (ProMaCon) said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the 10th annual ProMaCon, with the theme, “Accelerating National Development through Project Management Best Practices”.
“Studies have shown that organizations that have adopted Project Management in driving their initiatives have succeed more, no wonder why many organizations both in the public and private sector, local and international now set up Project Management Offices (PMOs) to support their Strategy Units,” Babayeju said.
He recalled that the maiden edition held in 2009 in Abuja with, as the premier and largest gathering of project managers in West Africa was declared open by the late President Umar Yar’adua.
He said, “A seed was planted, exactly a decade ago and that seed has indeed germinated to define the practice of Project Management in Nigeria. Today, we celebrate a milestone and the beautiful practice of project.”
ProMaCon has over the years engaged stakeholders from the Presidency to the legislature, while hosting several of them as guests, featured 32 keynote and technical speakers from all over the world (Africa, US and UK) hosted about 3000 local and international delegates, who remain actively in our network.
The Chairman, Comprehensive Project Management Services (CPMS) Limited, Engr. Bayo Adeola and President Project Management Institute (PMI) Nigeria Chapter, Dr. Lambert Ofoegbu respectively stressed the importance of utilizing the opportunities of project management in the country.
The Statistician General of the Federation and DG, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Dr. Yemi Kale, said that while Nigeria needs data and statistics for advancement, it also need project management to harness and quicken the pace of development in the country.