–CMD tasks public, private sectors on knowledge base economy

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ABUJA –   Centre for Management (CMD) has called on leadership of public and private sectors to develop skills of their workforce to help contribute positively to the economy.

Director-General of CMD, Dr Kabir Usman, made call in an interview with News Agency of (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Usman said that if workers were given extraordinary skills required in sectors, it would enhance their performance and productivity toward achieving ’s Transformation Agenda.

“We are looking at knowledge base economy. You cannot have knowledge base economy unless you develop the skills of your workforce.

“We provide training programmes on skills and attitude to work to serve as ingredient to enhance productivity and performance of workforce.

“This is so that they can make their contributions to the success of the government’s transformation agenda,’’ Usman said.

He said that a survey conducted recently by CMD revealed quite a number of skill gaps in areas of Information Communication (), communication skills and others.

“Typical example where we have shortcoming is in the area of . There is significant number of staff that to improve their skills in terms of .

“We have also discovered that many people have no communication skills to communicate effectively, even issues about writing a proposal and accessing funding.  All these required extraordinary skills,’’ the director-general said.

He recalled that in 2005, the National Centre for Economic Management and Administration merged together with CMD to discharge dual responsibilities.

“It means that we have to make our own contribution in area of capital and make contribution in terms of economy.

“Typical example where we made the stride in terms of transformation agenda is in area of managerial capacity for national with the particular reference to capital.

“We have variety of training programmes, targeting policies makers, lawmakers and decision makers across the country both at local, and levels’’.(NAN)