African Project and Program Management Association Awards Certificates & Launches Chapter in Nigeria


13 August 2013 –Accra, Ghana – The African Project and Program Management Association/ Board (APPMA) has announced the launch of a Nigerian Chapter, with the inaugural members pledging to contribute to ending the spate of abandoned projects on the continent.  Similarly, 18 members of the Association have been awarded the Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) certification and Fellow membership status designation by the American Academy of Project Management ( AAPM).

Global Adviser of the American Academy of Project Management (AAPM), Dr. Donald Agumenu, who issued the certificates on behalf of AAPM in Abuja at the weekend, stressed that the 18 project managers successfully participated in certification classes at the recently concluded African Project and Program Management Conference (AAPMC) in Ghana and were successful in post evaluation conducted by the AAPM.

APPMA Nigeria SpeakerHonourable Global Adviser AAPM / President, Direct Leadership Institute Ghana Dr Donald Senanu Agumenu delivering his Speech at the Inauguration of the APPMA Board (Nigerian Chapter) / CIPM Certification in Abuja 07/08/13.

Agumenu stressed that Nigeria, and indeed Africa, would witness a new dawn with the development of a critical mass of certified and very competent project managers to stem the tide of failed projects and poor implementation on the continent.  Agumenu, who is also the President of Ghana-based Direct Leadership Institute and Executive Director of APPMA, stressed that 2013 APPMC was done in partnership with the AAPM.

He said the proposal for the establishment of the Association was ratified by delegates to the Conference, who saw the need for a ‘homegrown’ body of knowledge and a regional body for the project, portfolio and program management community.  He stressed the need for professionals such as were being turned out by the APPMA to be given the opportunity to do projects for which they were qualified instead of using unskilled project managers.

He called for the establishment of a regional Customs Service to check the bottlenecks and other barriers that make trans-border trade difficult.  Noting that Africans had pioneered a lot of great things, Agumenu said: “The  Association  was established as a regional non-profit organisation to promote the emergence of higher-performing projects by building a body of competent project managers and advocating for international best practices in project management in Africa.”

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, said the inauguration of the Nigerian chapter of the APPMA was crucial to the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda and promised to do everything possible to encourage the group.

Represented by Chief Medical Officer in the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mulam Godit, the Minister promised to work closely with the Association to enshrine greater project management professionalism in the capital city.

Director Research and Strategy at the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industries (NASSI), Mr. Sunday Isu welcomed the professional association and promised to partner with it to train NASSI in needed project management skills.  Isu, who represented the Director General of NASSI said: “I do hope that you will help in making Nigeria one of the leading economies of the world by 2020. I hope the era of unfinished projects will be over.”

130813-pmwj14-appma-nigeria- image2 - 377x250Representing the Honourable Minister FCT, Dr. Mulam Godit , Honourable Global Adviser American Academy of Project Management (AAPM) / President, Direct Leadership Institute  Dr. Donald Senanu Agumenu, and Finance Attache’ to the Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs , Zeph Nnaemeka Agwu during the inauguration of APPMA Board Nigerian Chapter /Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) Certification in Abuja 07/08/13.

Chairman of the Nigerian chapter of APPMA, Adewale Adekaiyaoja, noted that although Nigeria had more than enough project managers, interference in government policies and implementation was still a problem, leading to project failures.   His words: “You pay to get the project; you sell the project, and the people that projects are sold to are just novices, not professionals. And when they sell a project, they don’t monitor the project. The people you sell the project to are square pegs in round holes, not the real people.”

He said APPMA was already accredited by and affiliated to the American Academy of Project Management, and assured that projects that had his members on board would do well.

He said: “Most international bodies we have in Nigeria are Nigeria-based, indigenous and now we have this international body. Looking at it holistically, we stand a good stead. Look at the global factor. You will see that no one wants to fail because if you fail internationally, you know where you would land. When it is local, anything can happen. So what we are going into with AAPMA will ensure that globally, African countries would in no distant time join the league of developed economies.”

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Source: African Project and Program Management Association