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Centre, stakeholders chart path to productivity improvement 

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja
18 January 2022   |   3:55 am
It will be difficult for Nigeria to improve its productivity level if the players in the economic space do not maximise their working tools and capital.

It will be difficult for Nigeria to improve its productivity level if the players in the economic space do not maximise their working tools and capital. 
   
Stakeholders, in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Productivity Centre’s 6th Foundation Day lecture held recently in Abuja, urged the Centre to expand the frontiers of its engagement with the private sector and render more services through her programmes. Theme of the lecture is ‘Productivity paradox: creating the pathway of growth and development’.
     
The communiqué also asked the Centre to train more productivity consultants and trainers to increase the number of productivity practitioners for efficient service delivery.  
   


The Director-General of the Centre, Dr Kashi Akor, who signed the communiqué on behalf of the participants, hinted that the Foundation Day lecture of the Centre is designed to promote productivity initiatives, programmes and movement amongst critical stakeholders. 
     
The stakeholders admonished the Centre to establish productivity desks in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government through the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
     
It added that the Centre, in collaboration with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), should establish productivity clusters amongst businesses in the country.
     
The gathering recommended that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, should mainstream productivity into all development plans for the nation going forward to close the productivity gap in development plans.
     
“The Federal Government should through the Ministry of Finance establish a productivity friendly macro-economic structure.

The Federal Government should through the Ministry of Education ensure the legitimacy of education to all Nigerians as a prerequisite for institutionalising productivity culture and improvement.
  
“The Federal Government should deploy technology to further the ongoing fight against corruption through its agencies. The Federal Government through the Ministry of Education should ensure improved investment in technology, research and development.

The Federal Government should through the Ministry of Science and Technology strengthen innovation system infrastructure in both public and private enterprises,” it said.   
     
The stakeholders also urged labour unions to embrace the principles of collective bargaining to avoid frequent labour actions in the country, while ensuring cordial labour-management relations to improve productivity levels of organisations.