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blackout-in-nigeria

Last week, when Nigeria experienced a nationwide blackout, the President summoned me for an emergency meeting on the power issue. I was in Ghana then managing and monitoring a new power project. The President arranged for a private jet that would fly me to Abuja. Within the next 2 hours, I was with the President in a private location in Abuja.

In case you are wondering what my profession is and why the President summoned me, I am an Energy Project Manager and I have been directly involved in the planning, constructing and managing of some of Nigeria’s mega power projects in the past....   Read the Full Article>>>

being-agile

Agile! Agile!! Agile!!! What is this “agile” thing that everyone is talking about?

I am Jerry Ihejirika and this is my agile story:

I remember when I was a kid growing up on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, I would join my fellow kids then to play street football. It was entertaining even though I wasn’t good at playing football during the early days. Whenever I was with the ball and wasn’t making good movement or easily lost the ball to our opponent, I would hear one of my teammates shouting at me saying, “Be agile! Be agile!!” After constant practice and playing with them, my agility with the ball improved and the shouting reduced. I left them when I gained admission in the university to study Project Management Technology....   Read the Full Article>>>

There are a lot of things going on behind the scene as regarding the Project Management for Africa Initiative. I have been busy working and communicating with some of the top African project management professionals located around the world in making sure the organisation becomes a reality and live up to its value and expectations.

Some of our new ideas won’t be made public yet as we are still considering things but I will update you on the ones we think you need to know:

1. We will work with persons who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in project management in any African university and help them define and plan their project management careers. This service will be FREE of charge to the students through JI’s Project Management Career Clinic....   Read the Full Article>>>

Project-management-nigeria

There is a saying that goes thus: Be careful of what you wish for (You just might get it!). Regardless of the saying, I have some wishes for project management in Nigeria in 2016 and they are my personal wishes for the profession in the country. You can share your own wishes in the comment section below.

Here are my top six wishes for project management in Nigeria in 2016:

1. That the Federal and State Governments get to understand and accept the value of proper project management. Let there also be an increase in the number organisations who will get to understand and accept the value of project management in Nigeria....   Read the Full Article>>>

Project-News-in-Nigeria

A round up of some of the project news from December 14 to December 20, 2015, as culled from major newspapers in Nigeria:

1. A Nigerian consulting firm based in South Africa, Charles Emmanuel Emmanuel David (CEED), said on Saturday that it was raising $2 billion for the redevelopment of the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos to make it a tourist spot. “The redevelopment of the Tafawa Balewa Square will involve the establishment of a modern mall, five-storey building, multi story car park and four-star hotel. It will also have a convention and event centre while the car park will be expanded,” Dr. Emmanuel Imevbore, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the firm, disclosed this while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa. (South African firms are doing well in building modern malls across the country and competition is healthy for the economy.)...   Read the Full Article>>>

Nigerian-Newspaper

Good evening to you. There are a lot of public and private projects being initiated, planned, executed and managed in Nigeria. So, here are some of the project news that made the headlines from 06/12/15 to 12/12/15:

1. The Federal Government is to probe the 362 kilometre East-West Road project to determine if the N270 billion so far expended on it was commensurate with the work done. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Uguru Usani, who disclosed this during an inspection of the Rivers/Akwa Ibom states section of the road project, said his ministry would engage auditors to look at the books to ensure that contractors were guided by specifications and designs for the job. (Sometimes, I wonder why the government would wait so long before inspecting most of its projects. There should be a constant monitoring mechanism so as to curb project abandonment or low quality projects. Again, how would an auditor know the quality materials used in a project or the project design? The government is still yet to understand the value project management.)...   Read the Full Article>>>

Project-News-in-Nigeria

Good morning and a happy Sunday to you. There are a lot of public and private projects being initiated, planned, executed and managed in Nigeria. Every weekend, I will share with you those projects that made the headlines for that week in Nigeria.

So, here are some of the project news that made the headlines from 29/11 to 05/12:

1. The newly established Efficiency Unit, E-Unit, in the Ministry of Finance will help set guidelines and standards to benchmark government expenditure for efficiency and reduction in costs and overheads. “The Efficiency Unit would benchmark government expenditures by comparing with similar expenditures in the private sector and see how they have been able to negotiate their prices and costs efficiently,” the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun said. “We are trying to establish guidelines and benchmarks that would make everybody much more cost conscious in how government money is spent,” she said. The work of the unit would form part of the effort of the present administration to create a framework for the country’s economic future, pointing out that it was becoming clear that without a radical intervention to cut costs of governance, no meaningful progress would be made. (A lot of government funds have been illegally siphoned through public projects by corrupt officials awarding over-bloated budgets or costs on a project. The E-Unit is a body that would research, monitor and compare the cost of projects in the public sector as against their counterparts in the private sector. And it has been mentioned that Nigeria awards the highest cost for most of its public sector projects when compared to other African countries. So, let’s watch and see how effective and efficient the E-Unit cost monitoring mechanisms would be.)...   Read the Full Article>>>

Project-News-in-Nigeria

Good morning and a happy weekend to you. There are a lot of public and private projects being initiated, planned, executed and managed in Nigeria. Every weekend, I will share with you those projects that made the headlines for that week in Nigeria.

So, here are some of the project news that made the headlines from 23/11 – 28/11:

1. The Federal Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday that N194 billion had been spent on capital projects between January and September this year. It also put the amount spent on overheads in the same nine-month period at N272 billion. (We need more up-to-date information on capital projects in Nigeria.)...   Read the Full Article>>>

Project-News-in-Nigeria

Good morning and a happy weekend to you. There are a lot of public and private projects being initiated, planned, executed and managed in Nigeria. Every weekend, I will share with you those projects that made the headlines for that week in Nigeria.

So, here are some of the project news that made the headlines (16/11 – 22/11) this week:

1. A Dubai-based company, Access Infra Africa, has signed a joint development agreement with Quaint Global Energy Solutions to invest in Nigeria’s power sector. This it would be doing by investing $100 million in ABIBA Solar Project, a 50MW solar power plant being developed in Kaduna State. The plant, when completed, is expected to generate 82,500 megawatt hours of clean electricity, which translates to the quantity required to satisfy the daytime requirement of over 600,000 Nigerian households, reports suggest....   Read the Full Article>>>

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Nigeria Chapter will be organising a project management conference on the 5th of November, 2015, at the Landmark Hotels, 4 Worlu Street, off Olu Obasanjo Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

This one-day conference, with theme “Nigeria – Projects and a Sustainable Future,” will feature several industry expert guest speakers and will celebrate the International Project Management (IPM) Day, celebrate Ten years of PMI in Nigeria and also celebrate the project management profession and Project Managers in Nigeria....   Read the Full Article>>>