The National Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (N-HYPPADEC) has embarked on refresher training of its staff to enable them deliver quality and acceptable commission’s projects to the benefitting states/communities.
Alhaji Abubakar Yelwa, Managing Director (MD), N-HYPPADEC, disclosed this on Monday in Minna, while inaugurating a four-day workshop for the middle and top management staff of the commission.
“I expect that our knowledge and skills from this training will see us through project management and ethics, risk management and assessment.
“And also through stakeholders’ engagement and management, project management and execution, collaboration and teamwork and monitoring and evaluation,” he added.
Yelwa, who is also a trainee, said that the management staff of the commission hardly engaged enough during projects, hence the refresher training to enable them deliver optimally.
He disclosed that the workshop would expose the staff to more knowledge on project management and also management of various beneficiaries of the commission’s projects.
“There is need for proper management, because without that, the commission will not be able to deliver quality projects to the benefiting states/communities while collaborating with the contractors,” he said.
The MD said that one of the basic functions of the commission was to conceive, plan and implement projects for the areas affected by the activities of the hydroelectric power dams.
He said that the commission was established by the Federal Government to tackle ecological problems and also promote socio-economic development of states/communities affected by the hydroelectric dams in the country.
Yelwa urged the participants to take the training seriously in order to help the commission deliver on its mandate.
Similarly, Prof. Suleiman Bilbis, Vice Chancellor, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, who led a team of facilitators to the training, said there was the need to refresh the memory of the commission’s staff to ensure service delivery.
Bilbis said that the measure would expose the staff of the commission on how to manage the contractors, projects and beneficiaries.
Earlier, Mr Haruna Gabi, Director, Finance and Administration, N-HYPPADEC, said that the commission had recorded significant achievements in promoting socio-economic development in the communities under its jurisdiction.
He, however, said that the commission’s journey so far needed to be reviewed in order to explore other areas of improvement, adding, ‘’this workshop on project management is a good way to start.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 10 benefiting states under the HYPPADEC intervention programmes include Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Benue, Kebbi, Plateau, Taraba, Gombe, Kaduna and Nasarawa.