Why projects fail in Nigeria – UNIDO

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, has said that a number of projects failed in Nigeria because of lack of communication among project managers, the programme managers and people who designed the projects.
UNIDO’s Programme Trainer, Mr Mithat Kulur, who disclosed this at a three-day workshop in Kaduna by UNIDO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, FMITI, noted that the country’s project managers and other stakeholders in the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan, NIRP, must have a wide range of understanding of project management so as to achieve significant success.
He said: “One of the things we try to establish in the workshop is team building among the different institutions that are involved in the NIRP and to get people to have a realistic understanding of what is involved in managing projects.
“We expect that the participants from the various agencies will go back to their different institutions and check some rudimentary understanding of the difficulties involved because the approach to project management is far above assumption.
“I think NIRP is essential in Nigeria because without industries Nigeria cannot reach international level because there will not be sufficient employment, there will not be enough labour, productivity and products produced in Nigeria cannot be sold to the world. Perhaps improving Project Management with software could be a direction they go to improve productivity.”
On his part, Senior Consultant and Trainer of UNIDO, Mr Mark Egelhardt noted that project management all over the world has a uniform Standard Operating Procedure, SOP, such as how to initiate and plan a project in order to ensure that a country’s chances of success are substantially higher.