The Management of National Productivity Centre has officially rolled out a 5-year strategic plan to serve as roadmap in repositioning and refocusing the Centre’s policies, programmes and activities.
At the In-house official launching of the strategic plan, the Director-General, Dr. Kashim Akor, who also doubled as Chairman of the Strategic Plan Committee of the Centre, said that it became necessary to draw up a new strategic plan to replace the old plan which ended in 2012. He also added that was the programmes of the Centre would henceforth be drawn up to meet the goals and objectives of the 2016-2020 strategic plan.
The plan which covers 2016-2020 was primarily designed to review important aspects of the Centre’s programmes and activities in consonance with Nigeria’s present peculiar economic challenges and prevailing international best practices. The main focus of the plan is the development of the private sector, especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to grow the economy, create employment, generate revenue and improve the standard of living of the populace. The plan also took a holistic view of the programmes and contributions of the Centre to the Nigerian economy in the next five years.
The Director-General stressed the need to achieve a planned target of raising national productivity levels by 4 percent annually during the plan period. In order to achieve this objective, the Centre has developed well articulated Action Plans and Strategies for the implementation of the plan. The Director-General enjoined the staff and management of the Centre to be fully committed to diligent and painstaking implementation of the plan document so us to enable the Centre achieve its mandate and reposition it as the apex Productivity Organization in Africa.
Earlier on in his introductory remark, Vice Chairman of the Strategic Plan Committee and Director of Planning & Policy Analysis Department of the Centre, Mr. Samuel Oyibo, stated that the strategic plan was developed in order to address the inherent weaknesses identified in the maiden NPC strategic plan which spanned the period 2003-2012 with a view to overhauling the Centre taking cognizance of new developments in the country, and reposition the Centre as a result-oriented Federal Government Parastatal. He added that the strategic plan document is expected to serve as a roadmap for successful implementation of the Centre’s programmes and activities in order to meet the needs of its clients.
The Director concluded his introductory remark by urging the NPC Management to provide adequate resources and enabling environment that would enable the Centre execute the plan to a logical conclusion.
The strategic plan document has the following strategic direction, goals and objectives:
In another development, the Director-General of the Centre, Dr. Kashim Akor has solicited the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) especially in capacity building for the Centre. He stated this while on a courtesy visit to UNIDO Country Office in Abuja.
He stated the desire of the Centre to be a globally recognized training Centre on productivity matters. The support of UNIDO is considered critical in this regard.
While responding to the Director-General’s address, the UNIDO Lead Technical Adviser, National Quality Infrastructure (NQ) project in Nigeria, Dr. Shaukat H. Malik applauded the Centre in its efforts to improve the productivity of the Nigerian economy. He congratulated the Centre for the successful hosting of the 2016 National Productivity Day and conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award on fifteen desiring Nigerians and five organizations.
To this end, Dr. Malik solicited the assistance of NPC to implement the Nigerian National Quality Awards which has been established to increase awareness on quality and its contributions to consumers’ confidence in Nigerian manufactures and services providers.