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Project management: Era of quackery, substandard practices will soon be over – CIPMN

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The Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria, CIPMN, has disclosed that it is putting modalities in place to stamp out quackery and other unwarranted impunity in project management practices in the country.

The President of the Institute, Dr. Victoria Okoronkwo, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen in Abuja as part of the events lined up for our forthcoming Annual General Meeting scheduled to hold December 16.

Mrs Okoronkwo, who is also the Chairperson, Governing Council of the Institute, lamented that the profession has not only been neglected, relegated or misunderstood but also restricted to construction development.

According to her, in developeded nations, project managers & project management are ranked very high among other professionals.

She said: “Nigeria [needs] to reckon with project managers by ensuring that CIPMN trained and certified project managers are engaged or employed to head all projects no matter the size and volume. This way, our regulatory functions be properly channeled and directed.”

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“We hence call on all enthusiastic Nigerians who wish to practice project management in Nigeria, to as a matter of urgent national importance, register with CIPMN to be properly & professionally trained with our well-articulated project delivery methodology – DUCAP designed & customized to deliver projects, first of all, to take care of Nigeria’s heterogeneous peculiarities.

“This training & certification is irrespective of your “non-project’’ management background” notwithstanding whether you are a PhD holder in some other disciplines.”

Mrs Okoronkwo also called on project managers with foreign certifications who wish to practice in Nigeria to equally register with CIPMN, in line with Section.14(8) of the CIPMN Establishment Act.

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“All institutions of higher learning offering or wishing to offer project management require CIPMN’S accreditation in line with Section 16(2) of the CIPMN ESTABLISHMENT ACT. Just to mention a few,” the president added.

The president, therefore, assured the Federal Government of the Institute’s neck deep commitment to sanitizing the ills associated with project delivery in the country.

“Currently, the Institute, through its Governing Council is working assiduously behind the scene putting up enduring structures & infrastructures needed to advance this advocacy to effectively propagate the right course.

“As soon as this is done, there shall be massive publicity in the interest of the general public to be closely followed by enforcement in exercising our supervisory & regulatory functions.

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“More so, the actual enumeration, inventory taking and documentation of all ill-fated projects at various levels (substandard, abandoned, collapsed; exiting projects without qualified, certified or professional project managers) shall be embarked upon to ascertain the degree of either commitment or negligence of project owner, which in turn will assist policy makers in turning out better project delivery related policies.

“This independent exercise shall be undertaken by our Institute without relying on the existing reports by either the Government or other corporate. This will help us stamp our authority on any figure we shall be putting out to the general public’s information,” she concluded.

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