By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Individuals willing to have knowledge of best practices and tools needed to effectively manage projects from ideation to execution can now register for a free online course introduced by Project Management Institute (PMI).
PMI is the world’s leading association for project professionals and changemakers and through its KICKOFF programme, it hopes to equip participants with the best global practices in the field.
Much of the working world revolves around projects, which have become more complex than ever due to global Megatrends, including COVID-19, climate change, and more.
The need for changemakers, regardless of industry or position level, to be well-versed in the principles of project management in order to help drive results, has never been greater.
KICKOFF is the ideal solution for those who are new to doing project-based work and would benefit from learning project managements skills to help successfully navigate the process from idea to launch and execution.
The course is packed with digestible content, downloadable templates, a glossary of key terms, and thoughtful questions to ask to help anyone kick off any project at any time.
According to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® report, an estimated 11.4 per cent of all investment into projects currently goes to waste due to poor project performance and an inability to nimbly adapt and execute in our rapidly changing world.
Introducing changemakers to project management strategies and tools enables single learners and entire teams to have the framework in place to adapt quickly and efficiently to help reduce wasted time and investment.
KICKOFF is the free, go-to resource for those looking to quickly learn the basics of effective and strategic project management to complete projects on time and within budget.
“KICKOFF is an easily deployable resource to ensure all employees and team members have the foundational skills to seamlessly collaborate and work smarter,” said George Asamani, the Business Development Lead for Africa at PMI.
“KICKOFF arms everyone from first-time project team members to C-Suite executives with the knowledge to kick start a project at any time to help drive results and deliver value,” he added.
No two projects are the same, so KICKOFF uses a guided questionnaire to tailor the learning experience based on the best project management approach for the needs of the project.
Learners are presented with a series of short modules that can be completed in sequence or in any order. The modules include bite-sized content focused on the fundamentals, and templates to be downloaded or distributed for immediate use.
Accessible to anyone from their laptop, phone, or tablet, KICKOFF can be completed in just 45 minutes, and is available in five languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
Following completion of the KICKOFF course, learners will receive a badge to share on their professional social media profiles to show their peers and company that they have the foundational skills to successfully lead any project.
ASR Africa Gives N1bn Grant to University of Benin
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) has awarded a N1 billion infrastructure grant to the University of Benin (UNIBEN) as part of its 2021 Tertiary Education Grants Scheme.
This was revealed during the grant presentation by ASR Africa management to the Vice-Chancellor and council members of the University of Benin on Wednesday.
With this grant, the University of Benin becomes the fifth Nigerian university to receive the gesture from the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grants Scheme, which is funded by the ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal, which has a yearly budget of $100 million.
The University of Maiduguri, University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria are among the previous 2021 grant recipients.
During the presentation, Mr Ubon Udoh, Managing Director of ASR Africa, praised the university administration for their dedication to ensuring the highest tertiary education standards at the University of Benin.
He further said UNIBEN was chosen for the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grant based on a number of criteria, including ranking, student population, gender inclusivity and others.
The ASR Africa Initiative, which is the brainchild of industrialist and philanthropist, Mr Abdul Samad Rabiu, was set up with an annual pledge of $100 million dedicated to health, education and social development issues within the African continent.
Out of this, Nigeria will benefit $50 million yearly and the rest of Africa, $50 million, in what is the largest private philanthropic giving of its kind by an individual in Africa.
Agbowó Rejigs Pioneering Editorial Leadership
By Adedapo Adesanya
A literary journal, Agbowó, has announced changes in its editorial leadership following the completion of their respective tenures.
In a press release seen by Business Post, the publication said the trio of Kunle Adebajo, Olu Afolabi, and Moyosore Orimoloye have completed their tenures as the non-fiction editor, poetry editor, and editor-in-chief, respectively.
It was revealed that the new occupants of the vacant seats will be announced soon.
“We hereby announce the following changes in the editorial leadership at Agbowó – Kunle Adebajo, Olu Afolabi, and Moyosore Orimoloye have completed their tenures as Non-fiction editor, Poetry editor, and Editor-in-chief, respectively.
“Being foundational members of the Agbowó team, all three members have been valuable to our growth over the past few years. For this, we are immensely grateful for their sacrifice and service,” a part of the statement exclusively made available to this newspaper stated.
According to the statement, “Moyo Orimoloye has led the editorial team since the magazine’s inception. His leadership has been a guiding light in Agbowó’s quest to expand its reach within the African continent while constantly improving its editorial standards. It has been a pleasure.
“A journalist par excellence, Kunle Adebajo brought the same attention to detail and intensity that characterizes his work.
“If you have enjoyed any piece of non-fiction published on Agbowó over the past four years, you have probably met him. Thank you Kunle.
“Olu Afolabi, also a founding editor, has marshalled the poetry editorial desk at Agbowó these last 4 years.
“An amazing poet himself, his keen eye for lively and innovative verse has ensured a constant stream of exceptional poetry flowing through the gates of Agbowó.
“We thank you for your service, Olu and we are rooting for you,” the statement added.
Agbowó, the literary journal, is an off-shoot of the UITES WRITE collective. UITES WRITE, founded by Habeeb Kolade and Dolapo Amusat in 2015, is a platform to showcase literary work by University of Ibadan students and alumni.
With an expanding vision, the founding editorial team decided to carve out a literary magazine and in the process, opened it up to Africa and, thus, Agbowó was born.
Recently, the magazine released the fourth issue of the annual magazine installation themed Chaos. It can be accessed here.
Wushishi Promises to Transform NECO
By Adedapo Adesanya
The new Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Mr Ibrahim Wushishi, has promised to transform the examination body to world-class status.
Mr Wushishi promised to transform NECO in Minna when he officially took over the affairs of the council from the former Acting Registrar, Mr Ebikibina Ogborodi, according to a statement signed by Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division of NECO.
He promised that the national examination body is fully set to become a credible and internationally acclaimed examination body.
“My desire is to make NECO surpass international standards which other international examination bodies will look onto, that is my mission to NECO,” Mr Wushishi said.
According to the NECO boss, “I am not here to be biased in any way, rather I am here as a Nigerian, I will work with everybody to take NECO to the desired heights”.
He acknowledged that there are challenges that need to be tackled in the exam body and assured that with the support of all staff, the challenges will be surmounted.
Mr Wushishi also informed staff members that their rewards and privileges would be given to them as at when due, but stressed that the management under his leadership would not hesitate to punish any staff found wanting in the discharge of duties.
He solicited the support of the management and staff to enable him to actualise his vision for the Council.
The registrar, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for deeming him fit to be appointed as NECO Registrar, pledged to work closely with the Federal Ministry of Education and NECO Governing Board.
On his part, the departing Acting Registrar, Mr Ebikibina Ogborodi had briefed the new NECO boss on the progress report on the ongoing 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) as well as other mandates of the Council.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 12 appointed Mr Wushishi as the substantive Registrar of NECO.
The Professor of Science Education was born on April 5, 1965, and hailed from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.
He was a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, before joining the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna.
Mr Wushishi has held other positions including Post Graduate Coordinator, Department of Science Education, FUT, Minna; Sub-Dean School of Science and Science Education, FUT, Minna.
Others were Head of Department, Science Education, FUT Minna; Head of Department, Science Education, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.
Until the appointment, he was a Professor of Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
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