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Infrastructure deficit, capacity building hinders CMD in achieving set goals

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Inadequate capacity building and infrastructure deficit are major factors hindering the Centre of Management Development (CMD), in delivering optimally on its mandate as a Federal Government institution.

The Guardian gathered that for over 10 years, the Centre, saddled with the regulation of standards, development of managerial manpower for the country on a broad range of skills to enhance the quality of management and leadership for the attainment of national economic goals, have not had any formal capacity building exercise for the workers.
 
This is even as majority of the staff are able to acquire knowledge and deliver based on their personal efforts and funds.

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The Acting Director-General, CMD, Bitrus Chinoko, maintained that the lack of capacity building for the workers is one of the reasons the Centre found it difficult to meet set goals and objectives of government, adding that the need for training for such a centre cannot be over emphasized.
 
Chinoko, who has been on acting capacity for two years, now, disclosed this when the Minister of States for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, visited the Centre on a familiarisation tour over the weekend.
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He said: “Our greatest desire is to look forward to a world class centre for excellence, and achieving it is through good infrastructure and capacity building.”

Responding, Agba, who was not pleased with level of infrastructure decay, encouraged them on ways they could generate revenue to give the Centre a facelift.

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“I have seen the infrastructure and I am not too happy about it. We have to do all that we can to change the narrative, because lamentation will not help. We have to start taking those steps gradually,” he said.
 
Agba, who expressed the hope of an improved economy in the new development plan, as the other plans will expire by the end of the year, said the steering committee would be inaugurated first week March.
 
On what government has done with the short term plans, which has to do with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), he said: “The studies are ongoing, and before you do a new plan, you must review the old plans, understand what has worked and what did not work. For the things that had worked, you reinforce them; and for the ones that did not work, you find out why they didn’t work, and how to improve on them.

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“It has to go beyond the ERGP, we are looking at very old plans that we had before. We are already asking the MDAs to review their sector plans, and we are currently receiving them with a view to consolidating them and giving them to the technical working class to work on.”
 
At an interactive session, the staff bared their minds on the upliftment of the Centre through training and capacity building exercises for the workers.

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They also called for the confirmation of Chinoko to further move the Centre forward, adding that since he came on board, the CMD has witnessed tremendous changes compared to what it was before.

The workers, who mentioned some of Chinoko’s achievements in his two years in acting capacity, said infrastructure, the library and other important areas, which were before now in shambles, have been revived and functioning properly.

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