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NPC to leverage advocacy for increased economic productivity, says Akor

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja
10 March 2022   |   2:37 am
The Director-General, National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr Kashim Akor, has said that the recently inaugurated national council on productivity has broadened its advocacy

Kashim Akor

The Director-General, National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr Kashim Akor, has said that the recently inaugurated national council on productivity has broadened its advocacy exercise to enhance the country’s efficiency.
   
Akor argued that productivity issues are no more left to the narrow corner of the centre, saying there is now a large population of drivers from the most critical sectors of the economy.

  
Akor, who stated this in Abuja, recently, identified the raging insecurity in the country as an antidote to productivity.  
   
“The growing insecurity is adversely affecting productivity in the country. We know that the present government is doing a lot to bring the situation under control through proper funding of the military, it is also important that the populace join the government to address insecurity in our country. With the campaign of eating what we grow, there are no crops to grow because our farmers can no longer go to their farms because of insecurity,” he said. 
   
The NPC boss hinted that the Centre has introduced the ‘Citizens’ satisfaction index’ to encourage organisations to improve their productivity levels. 
   
He explained: “This programme entails rating organisations’ performances using the perceptions of users of such services. It is no longer enough to rate services of organisations from their reports only but we will now include responses of users in our ratings well beyond the location of such organisations.
   
“We will be asking the consumers about their experiences by assessing such services. From our experiences, no organisation wants to put out bad services, but they are impeded by certain factors from performing optimally. So, we will be looking at such factors and see how they can overcome them for their services to improve. In our report, we will advise the government on what is needed for organisations to improve their services. This will be a veritable way of engendering competition among organisations for the overall benefit of the economy and the people.”
      
He added that the annual National Productivity Order of Merit awards, which is billed to hold in Abuja soon, was instituted to serve as motivation for organisations and individuals who are excelling at what they do.

To contribute to efforts at emerging out of the economic damages that were brought upon businesses, Akor disclosed that the centre’s research unit has itemised some technical areas that can help the country.