Centre to deepen productivity awareness among youths
Nigeria must take deliberate steps at institutionalising leadership traits in the younger generation through activities that will instigate critical thinking, the Director-General of the National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr. Kashim Akor has said.
Delivering a keynote address at the National Productivity Centre debate for secondary schools in Abuja, Akor argued that the journey to a glorious tomorrow is a carefully weaved one, aimed at encouraging the younger generation to target the maximum output from economic activities.
The NPC boss hinted that the Centre’s Productivity Coaching and Mentoring (PCM) in schools are aimed at coordinating productivity awareness in schools through productivity clubs.
He added that the main purpose of PCM is to catch them young to imbibe the tenets and values of productivity early in life so that the younger generation’s contribution to society and the nation would be of better quality.
“Productivity as we may all know has to do with the attitude of the mind that seeks continuous improvement. The deliberate engagement with the young at various levels will shape their mindset on the issues of productivity improvement. If and when these young minds begin to appreciate and value productivity, they will become efficient, effective and perform highly with quality,” he submitted.
Akor said the arguments put forward, points raised and issues debated have shaped the thinking of individuals and organisations on the effect of social media on the productivity of Nigerians.
Speaking on ‘Private schools are more productive than public schools,’ which was the topic of the debate, the NPC helmsman explained that the points and arguments in support or oppose the topic will afford stakeholders of both private and public schools to acquire first-hand knowledge on areas of strengths as well as weaknesses.
He urged the management of all secondary schools in Nigeria to take advantage of the centre’s productivity coaching and mentoring by inviting the centre to help establish productivity clubs in their various schools, saying, “There are enormous privileges in having the club, this includes the ability of students to learn how to plan, deploy themselves to achieve goals, utilise resources, manage waste and value work and quality. The teachers too are not left out of the Productivity Awareness Campaign (PAC) as they stand the chance to benefit from our free productivity awareness lectures and capacity building programme that can boost their performance.”
In his welcome address, the Director, Corporate Affairs and Information, National Productivity Centre, Hassan Abdullahi, said the centre is deepening its awareness campaign among its stakeholders in the realisation that increased productivity is only guaranteed when the awareness level rises up, adding that the need to know the usefulness and implication of productivity to the growth of the economy has become imperative.
He stressed that developing a productive mindset entails training and coaching young minds to imbibe a culture of productivity.
Though a purely academic exercise, he maintained that the productivity national debate is designed to provide a platform for students to engage each other in discussing issues relevant to the productivity of secondary schools either private or public.
Abdullahi expressed hope that points raised and arguments presented would guide the education sector and its stakeholders to draw conclusions on how to improve various schools at all times.