The Benue State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Honourable (Mrs.) Ladi Ajene has called on the National Productivity Centre to partner with the Benue State Government to tackle the numerous challenges facing women and children in the state.
The Commissioner made the call during a meeting with the Director-General of the Centre, Dr. Kashim Akor, when she paid him a courtesy visit at the Centre’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja. According the Commissioner, “I hope National Productivity Centre would find a way to key into the programmes of the Benue State Government, so as to assist the Women Affairs Ministry to rehabilitate the vulnerable Women and Children in the State, especially victims of violence orchestrated by herdsmen”.
Mrs. Ajene said her appointment as the Commissioner for Women Affairs was necessitated by the need to ensure the wellbeing of women and children in the state. She further revealed that many children have been rendered homeless as a result of herdsmen killings and destruction of farmlands in the state. She also stated that some programmes have been designed to tackle the ugly trend. One of such programmes is the revision of the Action Plan for Women Peace and Security, which is aimed at empowering the girl-child and vulnerable children through skills acquisition and other capacity building programmes
The Honourable Commissioner disclosed that she was impressed by the outcome of the meeting. While also adding that she was excited to see Dr. Akor being elevated to the position of Director-General of National Productivity Centre, she expressed confidence that he is capable of moving the Centre to greater heights.
Earlier in his address, the Director-General, while welcoming the Commissioner to the Centre on behalf of Management and Staff of the Centre highlighted the mandate, functions and programmes of the Centre. He stated that the agency was established to “institutionalize productivity consciousness and promote productivity in all sectors of the nation’s economy in order to enhance the living standard of the citizenry”.
According to Dr. Akor, the core programmes of the Centre, include; Productivity Research/Survey, Productive Capacity Building, Productivity and Quality Improvement Programme, Productivity Measurement and Index, Productivity Awareness Campaign - which has been taken to secondary schools (to catch-them- young) - and observance of National Productivity Day/Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award – which is designed to reward and honour hardworking individuals and organizations both in the public and private sectors of the nation’s economy among others.
Dr. Akor therefore expressed the readiness of the Centre to build the capacity of women and children in Benue State in order to improve their skills and competencies to enhance the chances for self-employment. He stressed the need for the people of Benue State to have an “Attitudinal Change” in order to tackle the numerous challenges facing the State. The Director-General said National Productivity Centre has in its kitty, cutting-edge productivity improvement tools and techniques that would assist the state and the workforce to become more competitive and productive.
Dr. Akor further opined that the Centre could assist the state in: Measuring the productivity of the workforce which would begin with an aggressive productivity awareness campaign, conducting research on the workforce competencies, building the capacity of the workforce through Productivity and Quality Improvement Programmes and establishing a Merit Award System in the State Public Sector in order to motivate, honour hardwork and commitment in the sector.