The Centre for Management Development (CMD) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria as the operational arm of the Nigerian Council for Management Development (NCMD). The Centre commenced operations in 1973, albeit it only derived its legal backing by Act No 51 of 1976.
The Centre is actively involved in the regulation of standards, development of managerial manpower for the country and a broad range of skills to enhance the quality of management and leadership for the attainment of national economic goals. The Centre has also been actively involved in building structures for the enhancement of professional standards, effective management of our enterprises and attainment of our development goals.
The Centre operates from its Head Office in Lagos and five area offices. The spread of its operations empowers the Centre to reach out to the different parts of the country, while plans are underway to open two new area offices for the purpose of having representation in each of the geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
As part of its institution building role, the Centre has facilitated the establishment of a number of professional associations with a view to raising the standards and quality of management practice in Nigeria. The bodies include: the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCON), Nigerian Association of Management Consultants (NAMCON), the Nigerian Institute of Marketing (NIMARK) and the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).
CMD has also carried out a number of management research and consultancy assignments to enhance the quality of management practice and to achieve operational efficiency of its client organizations. The Centre has undertaken consultancy assignments in organizational development, restructuring, job evaluation, performance appraisal, training needs identification and corporate reengineering of small, medium and large scale public and private enterprises.
Collaboration is a key to the delivery of its services. Accordingly, the Centre has, over the years, collaborated and worked with a large number of national institutions, including the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, international donors, West African Management Development Institutes, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Ford Foundation, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). These collaborations have not only deepened its expertise but also raised the profile of the Centre thereby granting it the opportunity to provide services to varied clientele both within and outside the country.
In line with the Federal Government’s policy on rationalisation of the Public Service, the Centre was merged with the National Centre for Economic Management and Administration (NCEMA) in 2004. The merger was aimed at providing synergy and enhancing the capacity of the two institutions, fused into one, to provide high-end capacity building and professional services.
As a parastatal of the National Planning Commission, which has responsibility for driving the vision, plans and programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Centre has enthusiastically identified with the key agenda of government and the private sector and has taken measures to enhance its competence in the performance of its functions.
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