Dr. Kashim Yunusa Akor, the Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Management, specializing in Productivity from Commonwealth University Belize, Central America, He had earlier obtained a Master degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) Abuja, all in Nigeria. He has attended several professional courses both at home and abroad, notably Singapore, Mauritius and South Africa.
He started his working career in 1986 as a Journalist with “The Mail” Newspapers Lagos (now defunct) before joining the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) as a Postal Controller in May 1987. He was later appointed the pioneer EMS/Speed Post Service Manager for Benue State where he effectively coordinated the establishment and management of all service outlets in Benue State.
He joined the National Productivity Centre in 1992 as a Senior Productivity Research Officer. By dint of hard work, diligence and resourcefulness, he rose through the ranks to the position of a Director in charge of Corporate Affairs and Council Matters and presently, Director General of the Centre. He was the Secretary to the National Productivity Centre Governing Council from 2005 to 2015. He had at various times been commended for the quality of his work by the Governing Council of the Centre.
He has a high sense of professionalism, responsibility, dependability, drive and determination. He is a result oriented officer that is determined to work to time specifications. These attributes are indeed inborn. His Primary School Testimonial issued in August 1973 had this to say ‘…He has proved very capable, obedient, honest, diligent and industrious. I recommend him to any authority who may need his services…’
In recognition of his sterling qualities, Dr Akor was in December 2004 appointed by the Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity to serve as Secretary/Member of an Investigative Panel into the crisis in the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP). An assignment he performed creditably.
In March 2005, he was appointed by the Federal Government as a Secretary to the Committee on Civil Society, Labour, Trade Unions and National Media Reforms of the National Political Reforms Conference. He discharged this responsibility efficiently and was given a letter of commendation.
Apart from his statutorily responsibilities, Dr Akor also had the following to his credit:
Dr. Akor is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Corporate Administration, (FCAI), Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration (FICA), Fellow Institute for Human Capital Development of Nigeria (IHCDN), Associate member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (AMNIM) and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (MNIPR).
On assumption of office, this brilliant officer has demonstrated administrative competence, ingenuity and creativity. He started by putting in a place a five-year Strategic Plan for the Centre. Using this plan, he has restructured the Governance structure of the Centre, redesigned and refocused its programmes as well as coming on board with new ones. National Productivity Centre under his leadership has been strategically positioned to be a key player in realizing Nigeria’s growth and developmental objectives.
Dr kashim Akor has authored several publications in the area of Productivity Science and Management in many Journals and he is presently the 2nd Vice President of Pan African Productivity Association (PAPA)
He had severally represented Nigeria at the International Labour Organization (ILO) conferences in Geneva, Switzerland, Pan-African Productivity Association meetings in South Africa and Kenya as well as African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) meetings in Namibia, Harare and Victoria Falls, all in Zimbabwe.
Dr Akor is a proud recipient of several honours and awards from reputable organizations across the globe.