The Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) is to establish a university of Management as part of plans to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
The proposal will be part of deliberations during the celebrations this month.
In an interview with The Nation at its Victoria Island, Lagos office, President of the institute, Dr Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, said the institution would be a model to drive management knowledge and will be run in partnership with the United Nations (UN).
She said the organisation, which was established in 1961 by an Act, once missed an opportunity to establish a Pan-African University some years ago.
The African Union Conference of Ministers cashed on the institution to set up the university with headquarters in Addis-Ababa in Ethiopia, he said.
“We wish to have a University of Management – and this will be one of the issues we shall be deliberating on during our forthcoming golden Jubilee between September 23 and 27. We would have had this then, but we were not quick enough. We were to have a Pan-African University that would have been jointly financed by the United Nations. Last week, we heard the African Union Conference of Ministers have started its jointly with the UN and the headquarters is at Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
“But Nigeria has only got an institute (Institute of African Studies) situated in the University of Ibadan. We would have been the one driving it (Pan-African University) with the headquarters here. So, I am envisaging that with the state-of-the-art University of Technology we intend to establish, we will drive management knowledge which will be one of our focus in the next 50 years.
Dr Adukwu-Bolujoko said the institute has been active in terms of training. She said the Capacity Building Directorate of NIM has been expanded to cover the six geo-political zones and has been training corps members
“When we began to fear that the quality of Nigerian graduates was deteriorating, we signed an MoU with the NYSC (National Youth Service Corps), to train Nigerian graduates during their service year for six months free. We give them examination twice each month for three months that make up a semester. We passed on entrepreneurship and leadership and marketing skills to make each corps member know he or she represents a product that must sell first. During the training, the corps members began writing their feasibility studies on what they could do, and eventually end up being self-reliant.”
She added: “One area that has also gladdened my heart as a mother is that three years into this programme, the Director-General NYSC Tsiga told us the death rate of NYSC members in road accidents reduced by 50 per cent. Today, seven years after we commenced the initiative, the death rate has reduced by about 75 per cent. Now we are expecting that in the next three years, the quality of Nigerian graduate out there in the labour market will be different because as at today, we have trained more than 300,000 of them. However, 165, 000 passed the Management Proficiency Examinations, and this proficiency certificates has been accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education which accepts it as proficiency to enhance the profile of the holder.”