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NPC unveils 5-year strategic plan

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

THE management  of National Productivity Centre, NPC, has rolled out a five-year strategic plan to serve as  roadmap in repositioning and refocusing the Centre’s policies,  programmes  and activities.

The strategic plan primarily focuses on 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 according to a  statement by the Director, Corporate Affairs of the Centre, Gbenga  Bamiduro, also took a holistic view of the  programmes  and contributions of the Centre to the  Nigerian  economy in the next  five years.

The statement noted that at an in-house official launch of the plan,  the Director-General, of the NPC, Dr.  Kashim  Akor,  said  the plan had become  necessary to draw up a  new strategic  plan  to replace the old  plan  which  ended in 2012.

Dr. Alor who is also  Chairman of the Strategic Plan Committee  of the Centre, said  henceforth programmes of the Centre would 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  Director-General  stressed  the need to achieve a planned target of raising national productivity levels by four percent annually during the plan period. He said, “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 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.”

Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of the Strategic Plan Committee and Director of Planning & Policy Analysis Department  of the Centre, Mr.  Samuel  Oyibo, said  the strategic plan was developed  to address the inherent weaknesses  identified in the maiden NPC strategic  plan which spanned the period 2003-2012.

He said it was 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 further stated  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.

















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