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Map of NigeriaMap of NigeriaBy Taopheek Babayeju
International Correspondent

Abuja, Nigeria

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ProMaCon tackles Capital Project Challenges in Port Harcourt

The 4th edition of the ProMaCon event with the theme CAPITAL PROJECTS AND IMPLEMENTATION was held on the 20th November 2012 at the Landmark Hotel Port Harcourt. The programme which was anchored by Mr. Adeoye Abodunrin, an ex-officio of PMI Lagos kicked off with welcome and introductions by Mr. Wole Oriade, the Project Manager of the ProMaCon Project Management Seminar – PH 2012 and was followed immediately by the Opening Address by the Mr. Taopheek Babayeju – Programme Director, ProMaCon while Mr. Nathaniel Togun, the President, PMI Port Harcourt- Nigeria delivered the Institutional Address.

There were Goodwill Messages by the leader of the Central Bank of Nigeria delegation, Mr. Nwaiwu Malachy, Deputy Director Branch Operations and also Mr Esege Eja-Dons, SA to the Governor of Cross Rivers State on Project Monitoring and Evaluation. A one minute silence was observed in respect of the demised Chairman of ProMaCon – Chief Oluwole Alani Adeosun.

The Keynote Presentation was delivered by Dr. Yemi Kale – Statistician General of the Federation, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and Technical Presentations by Mr. Niyi Yusuf – Country Managing Director, Accenture and Dr. Diana Gimba, CEO TenStep Project Management Nigeria.

The regional seminar which was introduced as a direct response to stakeholders’ call for more professional engagements and developmental events, the mini conference which had participants from both public and private also featured Panel Discussions and break-out sessions. Dr. Gibson Okorafor¸ a Professor of Project Management, FUTO led the session on Capital Project Monitoring and Evaluation, while Mr. Cyril Ekpe, Chief Engineer in Shell led the session on Project Performance Measurement.

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About the Author

TAOPHEEK-BABAYEJU-bioflag-nigeriaTaopheek Babayeju

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International Correspondent

Taopheek Babayeju is a seasoned professional with over twelve years of experience in Project Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship. As a project manager, he has managed several projects across different fields including IT, Telecoms, Civil, Education, and Events to mention a few. He is known for his detailed and analytical approach to solving problems; he specialises in using technology and innovations to enhance business models and processes. His expertise includes strategies, innovations, planning and concept development.

Taopheek obtained his first degree in Physics and started out his career as a telecoms engineer at TCC Nig. Ltd. He later attended the United Kingdom Telecoms Academy (UKTA) where he trained as a network engineer.  He acquired knowledge of mobile technologies like GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and was certified in the installation of communication equipments, fiber optics and network infrastructures. Before joining MTEL as a Senior Network Engineer, he worked with various organisations in the ICT sector including SonyEricsson. While at the Project Implementation Unit of MTEL he trained as a Project Manager in the U.A.E. and U.K and handled several projects including the organisation’s network roll-out and expansion programmes. He later voluntarily resigned to pursue a career as an independent Technology and Project Consultant.

Taopheek is a Certified Entrepreneurial Manager and an Alumni of Pan African University. He is also a trainer and facilitator. He is currently the Managing Partner at iCentra and serves as the Programme Director of ProMaCon, an initiative that won him PMI award for the “Most Outstanding Contribution to Project Management in Nigeria”. He was the Vice President, Outreach of the Project Management Institute (PMI Nigeria) and also member of the Society for Monitoring and Evaluation of Nigeria. He is an international correspondent for PM World, and an editorial board member of PM Foresight Magazine. He loves art of all forms; dance, music, photography, painting and documentary movies.  Taopheek can be contacted at [email protected].