Dedicated and Competent Human Resources are essential for the success of the project Nigeria


By O. Chima Okereke, PhD

Herefordshire, England

In writing about an organic entity such as a company or a country, there is the inescapable difficulty of presenting facts that truly describe it especially as its conditions are still evolving and not static. The country is considered as a project in this context because there is a constitutionally constrained time frame of four years which defines the life of every government. The success of the current project will be determined by the performance of the Buhari-led government within this period. Nevertheless, a description of the performance alone does not give an adequate business justification for writing this paper because the work should aim at additionally, presenting a strategic submission of the desired conditions that will culminate in the success of the project, Nigeria.

In line with the foregoing reasoning, the presentation in this paper is made in a three-step approach as follows. Firstly, a description is made of factors that make for success in the management of an organisation’s or a country’s human resources. Secondly, some relevant news clips of the current events and actions in the country from quoted published sources are presented. Thirdly and more crucially, the disparity between the desired and the actual could be highlighted. The purpose of this analysis is to enable our decision makers, if ever they come across this paper, to do their best endeavours in our national interest, to close the error gap between our current and the correct actions. It should also be underlined that the objective of this paper is to make a constructive contribution to the task of building our nation. The thoroughness of this strategic analysis is limited by the information available in the public domain.

This subject is discussed in the following four sections:

  1. Necessity for competent and dedicated human resources
  2. Factors that facilitate the building of dedicated team
  3. The role of the project manager
  4. Concluding remarks

The three-step strategic approach is considered in each section.

  1. Necessity for competent and dedicated human resources

For success in the achievement of strategic goals, whether in the public or private sector of the economy, effective human resource planning should undertake to develop and to enhance the availability of dedicated and competent human resources. This is necessary because the challenge of good governance or success in project management involves development of requisite people and institutions. People through their knowledge, know-how and skills are at the heart of the performance of the nation because they provide services, promote innovations and carry out reforms. Therefore, the ability of a government to provide services effectively and efficiently depends upon a competent and committed cadre of civil servants. Good government requires good people [1].

Current Situation: in this period, there are a few issues in the nation’s human resources. Only youths’ unemployment, and the insecurity in the country are discussed in this paper.

There is a large youth and graduate unemployment as shown in the following two examples:


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About the Author


pmwj33-Apr2015-Okereke-PHOTOChima Okereke, PhD, PMP

Herefordshire, UK

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Dr. O. Chima Okereke, Ph.D., MBA, PMP is the Managing Director and CEO of Total Technology Consultants, Ltd., a project management consulting company working in West Africa and the UK. He is a visiting professor, an industrial educator, a multidisciplinary project management professional, with over 25 years’ experience in oil and gas, steel and power generation industries. For example, On December 26th 2013, he completed an assignment as a visiting professor in project management; teaching a class of students on Master’s degree in project management in the Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia. In August and September 2013, he conducted an innovative, and personally developed training programme for seventy six well engineers of Shell Nigeria to enhance the efficiency of their operations using project and operations management processes. Before embarking on a career in consulting, he worked for thirteen years in industry rising to the position of a chief engineer with specialisation in industrial controls and instrumentation, electronics, electrical engineering and automation. During those 13 years, he worked on every aspect of projects of new industrial plants including design, construction and installation, commissioning, and engineering operation and maintenance in process industries. Chima sponsored and founded the potential chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, acting as president from 2004 to 2010.

Dr. Okereke has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos, and a PhD and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Bradford in the UK. He also has a PMP® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) which he passed at first attempt. He has been a registered engineer with COREN in Nigeria since 1983. For many years, Total Technology has been a partner for Oracle Primavera Global Business Unit, a representative in Nigeria of Oracle University for training in Primavera project management courses, and a Gold Level member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN. He is a registered consultant with several UN agencies. More information can be found at http://www.totaltechnologyconsultants.org/.

Chima is the publisher of Project Management Business Digest, a blog aimed at helping organizations use project management for business success. Dr. Okereke is also an international editorial advisor for the PM World Journal and PM World Library. He can be contacted at [email protected]  or [email protected].

To view other works by Dr. Okereke, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/dr-o-chima-okereke/