10 December 2012

Nigeria: Project Managers Seeks Govt Intervention Against Abandonment

The Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (IPMN) has called on government at all levels to partner the institute in ensuring eradication of project abandonment in the country.

President of the Institute Mrs. Victoria Okoronkwo, said this at the Annual Project Managers conference and Induction lecture, in Abuja. She stated that government agencies, corporate organisations and professional bodies must work in unison to eradicate the menace.

She also called on relevant the institute would do all it could to check corruption in execution of projects, which, according to her, was a major reason for projects abandonment.

"For IPMN to carry out its mandate of eradicating project abandonment effectively and efficiently, government agencies, corporate organisations, and professional bodies must partner with IPMN," she said.

Responding to the allegations of influx of substandard products in the country, Okoronkwo aligned with the position of President Goodluck Jonathan on the use of local contents product, which can be certified by regulatory bodies.

Also speaking at the event, the Registrar of International Institute for Humanitarian and Environmental Law (IIHEL), Cyprian Edward-Ekpo, in his paper titled 'Configuration of Project Management System and Sustainable Development' stated that the government had a duty to institutionalise project management, adding that the private sector should dwell and advocate for such institutionalisation.

"I must emphasise that the dawn of legal and institutional framework with extensive rules, in principle, the state has a legal duty to take steps to institutionalise project management for effective functionality and sustainable development," he said.

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