- Delegate organizations
The second edition of the National Project Management conference (ProMaCon 2010) with the theme “Project Management: the key to National Development” held from the 21st to the 22nd of September 2010 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel Abuja.
The 2-day Conference which featured technical presentations, training workshops and exhibitions drew participants from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, private enterprises, multi-national corporations, industries as well as from the Academia witnessed a huge turn out which lived up to its billing as the largest gathering of project professionals in west Africa.
Technical papers were presented by veterans in the field of project management drawn from the private sector, Public Sector and the Academia. The sessions featured presentations by Mr. Deji Ishmael (President PMI Lagos-Nigeria and CEO Mediabloc), Engr. Oluwatoyin Jokosenumi (Deputy Director SPD and Group Head EPMO, CBN), Mr. Kolapo Solesi (COO, Abridge Consulting), Mr. Tomi Davies (CEO TechnoVision) and Engr. C.C. Katchy (Deputy Commissioner of Nigerian Police Force), others are Mr. Ike Nwankwo (CEO, Distinct Mgt UK), Prof. Gibson Okorafor (Dept. of Project Mgt. Tech. FUTO), Mr. Walter Hekala (Principal Associate, Nathan Inc. USA) and Ayegba Dan Ugo (Comptroller – Risk Mgt. Nigeria Customs). Guest Presentations were delivered by Dr. Bright Okogu (Director General, Budget office of the Federation) and Engr. Ahmed Mansur (Director General, Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission), keynotes and goodwill messages were delivered by as well as the Honourable Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Honourable Nduese Essien and Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili.
The event provided an excellent opportunity for networking and Knowledge sharing between practicing and intending project managers ended with the publication of a communiqué which captured the many thought provoking recommendations to private and government on how to institutionalize Project Management and use it to drive National Development.
ProMaCon 2010 organised by iCentra Consulting in collaboration with PMI Nigeria was sponsored by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and supported by Mediabloc Consulting Group, Abridge Consulting and Ocean Midas. With media partnership from PM Foresight and PM Forum, exhibitors include CPMS, Bratim and Jeman Consulting.
A communiqué issued at the end of the 2nd National Project Management Conference at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, from September 21-22, 2010.
THEME: PROJECT MANAGEMENT – THE KEY TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The two-day National Project Management Conference was organised by iCentra Consulting in association with Project Management Institute (PMI Nigeria) and supported by the Presidency, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, National Planning Commission, Budget Office of the Federation, Central Bank of Nigeria and Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission.
The event was attended by about 300 participants from all over Nigeria drawn from public and private sectors of the economy – government MDAs, from the military and paramilitary, Customs, Police, etc; communications, agriculture, aviation, manufacturing, infrastructure development, oil, health, banking etc.
The Nigerian Context
Nigeria is, no doubt, faced with enormous developmental challenges. Past governments had always promised plenty and delivered poorly. It has been worrisome that the country is fast receding in all aspects of national development, despite the huge funds yearly budgeted to execute developmental programmes. According to World Bank records, Nigeria is currently ranked 158 out of 177 countries surveyed in the Human Development Index (HDI). 7.08 percent of the population live on the poverty line of less than $1 a day, while 92.4 live on less than $2.
Corruption has always been the blamed for this sorry state of affairs, but there is no denying the fact that poor management practices have undermined the country’s quest for sustainable development. Since the return to civilian government, successive governments have failed to achieve the budget targets they set for themselves, averaging just 35 percent and returning the unspent billions to government coffers. In 2009, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) managed to execute only 44.46 percent of the budget funds approved and released to them the third quarter. And that is not considering whether they were properly executed to guarantee return on investment.
Nigeria has set itself a national development target of year 2020 to join the league of the 20 top economies in the world. For Nigeria to get into this club, the private and public levers of development must learn and practicalise the skills of project management to stem the current level of project collapse and replace that with high standard project delivery process that can anchor the nation’s quest for sustainable development.
The objective of the conference is to encourage the application of project management skills in attaining national development goals.
NATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
The National Project Management Conference (ProMaCon) is a private sector initiative that seeks to promote and institutionalise project management best practices through advocacy tools like conference, seminars and workshops. Its ultimate goal is to propagate and spread the gospel of professional project management in Nigeria.
The technical sessions and training workshop of the conference focused on enterprise programme management, public-private partnership, risk management and project planning.
Speakers at the conference identified project management as the vehicle of success in the successful delivery of projects and programs for national development.
· Those saddled with managing government development projects lack the requisite training and depend on their wit to carry out projects, thus subjecting it to high risk of failure.
· The manner projects are managed in Nigeria has a direct effect on the level of development. Nigeria is currently low on all indices of development because of the poor nature of project management.
· Projects create a means to generate profits and shareholder benefits. So they must be based on return on investment.
· Role allocation. Project management is team work. The program manager is a team leader who drives everyone involved towards a defined goal.
· Project managers must understand and assign specific tasks to team members so that different actors know exactly their responsibilities in a project.
· The shorter the time for projects, the better considering the nature of Nigeria where new officeholders often discard existing projects to begin their own.
· Project management is multi-disciplinary: it is not just about physical projects (infrastructure); it cut across all spheres of human endeavour, including national events political campaigns etc.
· Project management in the public sector faces hindrances from the organisational structure between project managers and their superior officers.
· Nigeria’s lack of development is not due to lack of the land and capital factors of production – the two are superabundant; what is lacking is insufficient required management skills to transform the country’s vast resources into development objectives.
· There is need for project management education in Nigeria. Project management skills should be formally taught in tertiary institutions to the highest levels. Courses should be offered in schools in order to provide capacity in the area.
· Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative should be adopted for most development projects: the private sector provides the needed expertise, efficiency and creativity while the public sector provides the legal framework and, if necessary, long-term financing.
· There is need for legislation to set standards for all professionals in the built industry to guarantee project quality, safety, proficiency and return on investment.
· Project management practitioners must be given enabling environment to manage tasks, and when they fail they should be held accountable. They should have the final say in project scope.
· There is need to put in place corporate governance structure to ensure that change in government does not affect ongoing projects/programmes. Projects must be initiated for objective reasons.
· Transparency in procurement processes is the key to project management success.
· Project management practitioners must adopt effective communication to ensure the success of projects. Senior management personnel should be involved right from the beginning – from project selection to monitoring and delivery – so that they do not impede the project manager out of ignorance.
· The Vision 20:2020 of the Federal Government should be subjected to professional programme management.
The conferencecalled for professional project management to be incorporated in projects from the time of initiation through to completion for the achievement of Nigeria’s development goals.
Chief Oluwole Adeosun (OON)
JULIUS BERGER NIGERIA PLC
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
AUDITOR GENERAL OFFICE
DIAMOND BANK PLC
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC
STERLING BANK PLC
OCEANIC BANK PLC – AIR NIGERIA
NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (NDDC)
ZENITH BANK PLC
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OWERRI
INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC)
NIGERIA POLICE FORCE
ALLIED ENERGY PLC
STANBIC IBTC PLC
EQUITORIAL TRUST BANK LTD
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO LTD
SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
FEDERAL CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
ENUGU STATE GOVERNMENT
NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD
FEDERAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
JAPAUL OIL & MARITIME SERVICES PLC
FEDERAL UNIVERSIYT OF TECHNOLOGY, AKURE
ESITON INTEGRATED LIMITED
G WIMPY CONSRUCTION LTD
IWAYAFRICA NIGERIA LIMITED
SUSU MICROFINANCE BANK –
RADIX CAPITAL PARTNERS LIMITED
PROCEPT ASSOCIATES PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD
CITEC ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
COST DESIGN MONITOR & ASSOCIATES
WOOD ET AL
SOUTHERN GAS CONSTRUCTORS LTD
DVCF OIL & GAS PLC
MASTERBUILDERS NIG. LTD
NEXUS ALLIANCE LIMITED
OAK PLASTICS LIMITED
BELLOIL AND GAS LIMITED
ENL CONSTRUCTION LIMITED
CONCEIGE2 NIGERIA LTD
SOUTHERN GAS CONSTRUCTORS LTD
HYDRAFORM ENGINEERING NIGERIA LIMITED
ALLIED ENERGY PLC
QUANTEQ TECHNOLOGY SERVICES LIMITED
AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR PEACE AND LOVE INTIATIVES
On behalf of the Chairman and the entire members of the National Project Management Conference (ProMaCon) Planning and Steering Committees, we wish to express our profound gratitude to our esteemed Sponsors, Partners, Guests, Speakers, and Delegates whose active involvement, participation and goodwill has made the ProMaCon dream a reality and resounding success over the years.
We wish to specially thank the Federal Government of Nigeria, The Presidency, Ministries, Departments and Agencies for their immense support and contributions. Also worthy of our appreciation is Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, The Central Bank of Nigeria, The National Planning Commission, The Budget Office of the Federation, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
We thank all those who made their inputs in every way, the Executives and Members of the Project Management Institute (PMI Nigeria), the Staff of the ProMaCon secretariat, Staff of iCentra, friends and family members who contributed in making the conference a success. Your effort is deeply appreciated.
Our gratitude goes to the following individuals for their immense support for the project:His Excellency, Late President Alh. Umar Musa Yar’adua , Rt. Honourable Dimeji Bankole, Mr. Steve Oransanye, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, Engr. Umar Bindir, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, Prof. Sylvester Monye, Mr. Babatunde Omotoba, Dr. Lanre Babalola, Prof. Babatunde Oshotimehin, Dr. Yemi Kale, Dr. Kabir Usman, Hon. Linda Ipeazu, Mr. David Edevbie, Mr. Aristotle Onumo, Mr. Sherrif Bankole, Mr. Adenekan Gbadebo, Mr. Maurice Ekpeyong, Mr. Idowu Bakare, Mr. Dejo Odunuga, Engr. O.A Ladipo, Ini Umoren, Dr and Dr.(Mrs) Onamusi, Mr.Tunde Ibikunle, Ms Amy Duru, Mr. Rowland Igwe, Mr. Keji Aniye, Mr. Emeka Anuforo, Mr. Sunday Ogunmola, Mrs. Phil Okoroafor, Mr. Akpan Idongesit, Mr. Deoye Abodunrin, Mr. Kayode Eyinade, Mr. Adebiyi Oke, Mr.Sylva Ifedigbo, Mrs. Kofo Oyeleye, Ms Kemi Olufadeju, Ms Olugbemi, Mr. Dan Okhueleigbe.
Member of Organising Committee: Chairman, Chief Oluwole Adeosun, Mr. Ibraheem Babayeju, Mr. Taopheek Babayeju, Mr Deji Ishmael, Mr. Tomi Davies, Mr. Kolapo Solesi, Mr. Ike Nwankwo and Engr. Chidi Izuwah, Engr. Toyin Jokosenumi, Lambert Ofoegbu. Expert Speakers: Paul Atkin, Goodluck Enimakpokpo, Mary Udie Mr. Chima Okereke, Prof. Gibson Okorafor, Mr. Walter Hekala, Comptroller Ayegba Dan Ugo, Engr. C.C Katchy, Mrs. Doyin Odunfa, Mr. Mike O’brochta, Dr. Udechukwu Ojiako, Mr. J.O. Ajanlekoko, Mr. Paul Nwanibe, Mr. Tope Fasua, Mr. Daniel Adewumi, Mr. Chux Anakudo.
Support Partners: Ocean Midas Consulting, Mediabloc Consulting, Technovision, Abridge Consulting, Savant Integrated, Jeman Consulting, Bratim Training, CPMS, PM Foresight, PM Forum, Opex Consulting, Oil and Gas Soft Skills and service providers Red Sapphire and WonderWorks, Happy Bells.
For the Steering Committee