COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 3RD NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY SUMMIT

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 3RD NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY SUMMIT
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Preamble

The National Productivity Centre organized the 3rd National Productivity Summit with the theme “Mobilizing and Managing Resources for Higher Productivity, Sustainable Growth and Development”, at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Asokoro, Abuja from Tuesday 24th to Wednesday 25th May, 2022. It was attended by over two hundred (200) participants drawn from both public and private sectors of the economy.

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The 2-Day Summit was aimed at bringing together stakeholders and intellectuals from all fields of human endeavour and sectors of the economy to brainstorm and share ideas in order to evolve strategies for mobilizing and managing national resources for the attainment of a more productive and competitive economy. Other specific objectives were to:

  1. Examine the level of productivity in the economy and identify challenges facing the key sectors of the Nigerian economy;
  2. Propagate the culture of productivity;
  3. Harness the benefits of productivity towards the attainment of national productivity; and
  4. Recommend the way forward for improving productivity across the economic sectors in Nigeria for a virile and global competitive economy.

 The welcome address at the opening ceremony was given by the Honuorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, OON, who declared the Summit open. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ms. Kachollom S. Daju Mni also graced the occasion with opening remarks. The lead paper titled “Mobilizing and Managing Resources for Higher Productivity, Sustainable Growth and Development in Nigeria” was presented by Venerable Adelowo Adesina, Managing Consultant, Sages & Scribes Consultants, while the Vote of Thanks was delivered by the Director-General, National Productivity Centre, Dr. Kashim Akor. During the breakout sessions, participants were divided into three (3) groups to deliberate on issues germane to increasing national productivity. In all, a total of seventeen (17) technical papers were presented in the course of the 2-Day Summit.

At the end of the Summit, the participants came up with the following recommendations:

Agriculture

  • Policies should be geared towards food sustainability in terms of storage and preservation to ensure constant supply.
  • Provision of appropriate technological facilities to ensure higher production of agricultural products in Nigeria.
  • Improved budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector with a view to cascading needed funds to farmer associations where such funds are more needed.
  • Strategies to restructure the security apparatus to provide enabling farming environment especially in the rural areas.

Youth Development

  • Government should intensify it’s focus on youth development especially in the provision of assistance in entrepreneurship, sports development, social amenities, and youth involvement in decision-making as it affects the youths.

Community Development

  • Grass Root policy that will encourage community involvement/participation in decision making that affects each locality in the country should be given a serious consideration.
  • Promotion of clusters in all communities to foster proper implementation of rural development policies.

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Education

  • Efforts should be geared towards effective implementation of all the proposed reforms in the educational system.
  • Provision of incentives to improve social enrollment in communities where large numbers of children are out of school.
  • Review of the existing educational curriculum as well as tailoring the polices towards attainment of skill acquisition and self-reliance
  • Importance should be accorded to primary education at the local level since it is the foundation of education.
  • Efforts should be geared towards provision and sustained vocational trainings, educational workshops, and demonstration centers for awareness creation on different types of skill acquisition.
  • Review of the current education curriculum in line with global reality.
  • The educational reforms should be tailored towards entrepreneurship, skill acquisition and self-reliance.
  • There is need for building synergy between the education sector, industries, and policy makers.

Welfare of Workers

  • Constant and periodic reviews of social protection and improved wages to all Nigerian workers to enable them to survive contemporary social and related challenges.
  • Social partners should propose stringent sanctions on employers who fail to pay pension contributions as at when due; and
  • Federal and state governments should re-introduce gratuity in civil and public service as a way of incentivizing the workforce.
  • The management of various government establishments should be encouraged/mandated to use periodic staff assessments to identify civil servants who have demonstrated excellence and commitment in their work to be awarded accordingly.
  • Mandatory development of occupational safety and health policy in all institutions at both federal and state establishments.
  • National Productivity Centre should champion the employee workplace wellness initiative in Nigeria.

Politics and Electoral Issues

  • Nigerians should actively participate in all the electoral issues especially in the areas of electing their representatives.
  • Effective and efficient leadership is needed and should evolve since this is a key to a higher productivity, sustainable growth and development of Nigeria.

MSMES & INFORMAL SECTOR

  • Provision of adequate enabling environment as well as sense of belonging and security to all Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMES) for proper operations.
  • Tax incentives and tax reliefs should be made available to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s).
  • Occupational health and safety training should be supported in the informal sector.

Economic Development

  • Real intentions for proper political planning in Nigeria to set the country on the path of sustainable growth and development.
  • Enhancement for mobilizing and managing human, natural and financial resources effectively for investments that will result in future productivity, growth, and development.

Dated this day, Wednesday 25th May, 2022

Dr. Gbenga Bamiduro                                               Mr. Victor A. Ainoko

Chairman                                                                      Secretary

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