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How Nigeria Can Raise More Qualified Project Managers

COMMENTARY

By Jerry Ihejirika

Lagos, Nigeria
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Nigeria’s project management skills shortage is widely acknowledged as one of the major stumbling blocks to the growth of the economy.

This skills gap which is being experienced at a period when the government is budget billions of naira for infrastructure developments in view of its Vision 20:2020, but lacks the right people to implement the program, is widely blamed on the brain drain by major stakeholders within the project management field.

To close these skills gap, that is, to raise more talents in the project management field, much needs to be done in both the private and public sectors of the Nigerian society.

However, much of the responsibility falls on our government and then the major players in the field of project management. Once a solid foundation is in place, we will be able to raise more talents for the next generation of project, and even program managers.

Here are some of the major ways Nigeria can raise more qualified project managers:

1. Create More Awareness about The Profession.

There appears to be a lack of awareness about the project management profession by government officials, professionals and students. To create more awareness about the profession is not the government’s responsibility, but that of major practitioners and stakeholders in the field of project management. Now, let us go back to our secondary and primary schools. How many of our students at the primary and secondary levels want to become project managers? Have they even heard about the project management profession talk more of thinking on how to become a professional in the field? There have been a lot of talk globally about promoting project management, but the key is to start creating promotional awareness at primary and secondary school levels. 

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About the Author

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Lagos, Nigeria

Jerry Ihejirika is a Digital Marketing Specialist and an experienced Project Management/Social Media Blogger. He is passionate about promoting project management by leveraging social media.  Jerry has a Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology from the Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is looking forward to having his PMP, PRINCE2 and ITIL Certifications.  Jerry has created social media groups on Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn where he shares his ideas, knowledge, tips, opinion, and news on project management and social media, and also engages with other group members. You can connect with Jerry via his blog at http://jerryihejirika.com or send an email to [email protected].