Centre seeks government collaboration to boost productivity
There is an urgent need for the government to collaborate with the private sector and development partners to drive the economic survival of the country, the Director-General of the National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr. Kashim Akor has said.
Speaking on the importance of setting aside a day to celebrate productivity, Akor hinted that such as day, marked every June 20, was aimed at promoting and celebrating productivity among individuals and corporate organisations globally.
He said: “The National Productivity Centre as a (National Productivity Organisation (NPO), a leading member of Pan African Productivity Associations (PAPA) and an internationally recognised centre has the onus to join her counterparts in celebrating productivity.”
He argued that one of the secrets of developed nations of the world to drive their development agendas is the visibility of productivity in their value system and practices.
He called for more support from the government to promote productivity in Nigeria far beyond what it is now.
To speed up development, the Director-General stated that the productivity family in Nigeria looked forward to the federal and state government to fully implement the national policy on productivity with President Muhammadu Buhari leading the movement in Nigeria.
His words: “The celebration of world productivity day is to challenge organisations and people performing below par or are unproductive to improve their productivity level. Secondly, for organisations and workers, who have put in efforts to achieve success or high productivity to set aside the day as a special holiday to celebrate all those that contributed to the attainment of their achievements.”
Akor urged businesses and organisations to reflect on their processes, procedures and operational efficiency, quality and standards to see areas that needed improvement.
He also urged organisations that had fared well not to relent but strive to expand their productivity.
He called on the government and organisations to designate specific days for the organisational productivity day celebration and National Productivity Day celebration.
He further stated that the observance of the NPD celebration and the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) awards on worthy individuals and organisations, currently an annual celebration, be given on a specific day.