FG assures of infrastructure upgrade in CMD training zones

Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, gave the assurance during an oversight visit and quality assurance to the centre in Lagos.

The Federal Government has assured that it would upgrade the dilapidated infrastructure at the Centre for Management Development (CMD) across the country before the end of the year.

Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, gave the assurance during an oversight visit and quality assurance to the centre in Lagos.

The CMD is a Federal Government parastatal responsible for the regulation of standards, manpower development and a broad range of skills to enhance management and leadership quality for the attainment of national economic and development goals.

Checks, however, showed that inadequate funding has been a hindrance to the growth of the institute. But the lawmakers assured that before the end of the year, the centre would experience development.

He said: “We already have some releases for this year and they are following due process and whatever remains, we will go and work together with our colleagues in the National Assembly and in the executive arm to get as much money as possible.

“But while we are doing that, we advise them to effectively and judiciously use whatever they get because sometimes some agencies will receive money but the funds go into the drain.”

Noting that the institute was important to the development of the country, he said the National Assembly would support the CMD through training and re-training of staff members for greater capacity to handle the affairs of the civil service and the private sector.

To keep the institution busy and generate more funds, Vice Chairman of the committee, Yele Omogunwa urged partnership with schools and state governments, adding the management needed to do more in ensuring that activities pick up at the centre.

Director General of the centre, Kabir Kabo Usman, who expressed hopes that their expectations of the lawmakers’ visit were met, also asked for an increase in the 2018 budget as the centre has been battling with inadequate annual overhead, which he said, had not been enough to cover other expenses.

“Because of the recession, there have been a lot challenges in terms of the number of participants, which have been very low. But things are getting better and there is better funding in terms of how we can tackle some of the infrastructure needs,” he said.



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