CIDT’s Ella Haruna delivered an M&E capacity strengthening programme in Keffi, Nigeria for 12 participants from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) in February 2017.
The Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) is a Nigerian government initiaitve to accelerate the build-up of industrial capacity within Nigeria, in manufacturing sectors where Nigeria has comparative advantages. The Plan is designed to counter the fact that “the more a country specializes in the production of raw materials only, the poorer it becomes.”
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) support this intervention through a capacity strengthening project with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI).
Residential training programme
In February 2017 this UNIDO project hosted a five-day residential training programme, commencing with a two-day training on cluster methodologies by international expert Mr Julien Schmitt. A further three day programme was facilitated by Ella Haruna (CIDT) focused on project management, monitoring and evaluation and team-work approaches.
Participants worked together in small teams to develop real projects in four key manufacturing sectors targeted by the Industrial Revolution Plan: Tomato, Cotton, Leather and Automotive. Peer review processes allowed feedback to be shared across the four projects as they were under development.
The training concluded with a key-note session from Mr Raymond Tavares, UNIDO Project Management and Innovation expert. The training was closed by Ministry Director of Industrial Development Mr Adewale R. Bakare, who presented participants with certificates of completion.
Participants expressed a wide range of learning outcomes from the training. For example, one summarised their learning in this way: “Project planning is simplified with the use of the relevant methods. Once you identify the problem, it is easier to identify the solution and then break it down to actions and activities which will lead to results. The results are also monitored, reviewed and can be evaluated.”
Feedback on the CIDT training was very positive. Participants commented, “An interesting training with lots of interactions, understanding & visualisation of ideas” and “In my capacity as vibrant industrial officer I will try my level best to implement those ideas, knowledge that are implementable in our country Nigeria.”