The Guardian (Nigeria)

Centre unveils plan to raise national productivi­ty by five per cent in 2025

- From Collins Olayinka, Abuja

THE 2021- 2025 strategic plan by the National Productivi­ty Centre ( NPC) is intended to raise national productivi­ty by five per cent in the next four years.

The Director- General of the Centre, Dr Kashim Akor, who disclosed this at the launch of the strategic plan in Abuja, explained that the programmes, products and services contained in the plan, are intended to aid the Centre in achieving the planned target of raising the national productivi­ty level by five per cent yearly.

Dr Akor highlighte­d that the 2021 – 2025 national productivi­ty strategic plan is the third in the series that outlines the strategic vision and goals identified to assist the Centre to realise its potential as well as fulfill its mandate.

"We all know the relevance of a strategic plan. It allows organisati­ons to put in place ideas, programmes and also to outline resources and activities that will enable organisati­ons to actualise their dreams," he said.

The NPC DG noted that as the world emerges from the COVID- 19 pandemic and its aftermath, things are not getting back to ' normal' any time soon.

He added that the changing dynamics in the Nigerian socio- economic environmen­t underscore­s the need for resetting strategic thinking and evolving a workable and effective recovery strategic plan, which can serve as a guide in these changing times to create greater impacts and make the Centre financiall­y viable.

His words: "This is a key concern in the ' new normal' in which we are called to operate. Indeed, this new Strategic Plan 2021- 2025, which will guide the operations of the Centre over the next five years takes into considerat­ion the impacts/ consequenc­es of the current global COVID- 19 pandemic as well as the Nigerian economic situation, which is indeed very peculiar and unique.

“The Plan has several initiative­s for productivi­ty that are expected to drive innovation, diversific­ation, selfrelian­ce, transforma­tion and value- reorientat­ion and SMES as well as the informal sector to boost business competitiv­eness hence the term ' recovery plan'.

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