From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

The management of the National Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Commission (N-HYPPADEC), has embarked on project management training for middle and top management staff to ensure standard and proper execution of projects.

Managing Director of N-HYPPADEC, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa made the disclosure at the five day project management of training workshop held in Minna, aimed at improving the roles of the management staff.

He emphasized the need for the training to equip the commission workforce on the prerequisites professional skills and knowledge especially the management cadre for effective and efficient service delivery to the communities of the N-HYPPADEC states.

Sadiq Yelwa charged the participants to be serious considering the crucial nature of the training to the benefits of the commission and their capacity, adding that one of the basic functions of N-HYPPADEC is to “conceive, plan and implement projects and programmes for the development of hydroelectric power producing areas.

According to him, “our team stands to encounter unpleasant working experience with contractors, especially in terms of designing realistic plans, mitigating risks, ensuring projects quality, budgeting projects cost and ensuring timely delivery”.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, University of Sokoto, Professor Lawal Suleiman Bilbo’s said that the projects benefiting communities most take proper ownership of such projects and programmes to ensure its durability and survival to their progress and development.

N-HYPPADEC director of finance and administration, Mr Haruna Jimoh Gabi
said the commission has masterminded significant social and economic intervention programmes that are improving the living standards of people in those communities. Hence the need to review the journey and explore possible areas of improvement.

On the overview of the workshop, the director of the university consultancy services of Sokoto, UDUCONS Professor Samaila Kamba revealed the objectives of the training to include; Providing insights into impediments to effective project Management, planning, executing, controlling and closing), encouraging flexibility in using project capacity model due to prevailing different circumstances and conditions in various states where N-HYPPADEC operates among others.

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