Director-General, National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor
The National Productivity Centre says it has taken its awareness creation to secondary schools and the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to instil productivity values in the youths.
The Director-General of the centre, Dr Kashim Akor, who stated this in an interview with Radio Nigeria, said this was achieved through a programme called Productivity of Coaching and Mentoring.
“This is the programme whereby we go to secondary schools to instil in the youths, early in their lives, the culture of Productivity. We want them to grow with it so it can be a way of life”.
Explaining further, the DG said, “we group them and lecture them, we organise debate and quiz, even inter-school competition, to engender the spirit of competition in the way they assimilate knowledge on Productivity”.
Dr Akor said NPC also deploys staff to orientation camps to teach basic tenets of productivity improvement, so that hey can be wealth creators rather than job applicants.
The centre, according to the Director General, has in collaboration with the head of service, introduced a non-fee lecture programme for Ministries, Departments and Agencies to teach basic techniques and tools of productivity improvement.
Aside from the training, National Productivity Centre has a major programme called, Installation of Productivity and quality improvement Programme, Dr Akor said.
“It is an interventionist programme basically designed to identify Productivity problems of agencies and provide solution. We implement the solutions we have put in place along with staff of those agencies or organisations”.
He said about fifty organisations all over the country have benefited from the programme.
The National Productivity Centre is an Agency saddled with the responsibility of stimulating and promoting Productivity in all sectors of the economy. Every year, the Centre organises the National Productivity Order of Merit Award to identify and recognise excellence and hard work among individuals and organisations.