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  Origin of NCEMA Objectives & Functions

To carry out its functions for the attainment of the specified objectives, N.C.E.M.A has a Governing Council which includes the Director-General as the Chief Executive Officer.  It has a three-department structure with following departments:

                 Training Department

                 Research and Consultancy Department

                 Administration and Finance Department

Training and Research/Consultancy Departments are the line departments, while the Administration and Finance Department provides support services.  There are also four units, namely, the Internal Audit, Public Relations, Computer and the Business Development Units which report directly to the Director-General.

(i)        The Governing Council

            The Centre has a ten-member Governing Council which includes the Director-General as the Chief Executive Officer. However, the Governing Council of the Centre was dissolved in August 1994 together with Governing Councils of other government parastatals and was yet to be reconstituted by the government as at the third quarter of 2000.

            The Governing Council provides the main policy guidelines for the operations of the Centre.  The Council is composed of a non-executive Chairman and nine other members who are from government ministries and parastatals, the university community and the organized private sector.  The Director-General, who is a member of Council and the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Centre.

(ii)            Training Department

            This department has responsibility for the design and delivery of the Centre's training programmes.  It also oversees the Computer Unit on behalf of the Director-General.

(iii)            Research and Consultancy Department

            This department coordinates the Centre's research and consultancy programmes. The department is also responsible for materials development, publications and library matters.

(iv)            Administration and Finance Department

            The functions of Administration Department comprise general administration, support services, personnel and accounts.

(b)            Personnel Status

            In line with the philosophy guiding its establishment, the staff strength of the Centre is thin.  The current total staff strength of the Centre is 113.  The academic departments have a total of 21 officers, including the Director-General.  The Centre also uses the services of external resource persons/short-term consultants in the delivery of some of its training programmes.  Among the administrative staff, 35 belong to the senior cadre; the remaining 57 junior staff. 

(c)            Revenue and Expenditure Pattern

            The Centre is moving strongly towards a self-sustaining status as some of its training programmes are close to being self-financing through payments for commissioned training programmes and course fees.  A significant share of the Centre's resources is contributed by government and external donor agencies.  Much of the external funding goes into institution building programmes like supply of computers and accessories, purchase of audio-visual equipment, training materials development and staff development programmes; government budgetary support is channelled mainly into infrastructural development and personnel costs.

(d)            Institutional Facilities

(i)        Office Location

            The Centre is currently located at Nos. 1 & 3, Oba Akinyele Avenue, Old Bodija, Ibadan.  Its permanent office is being located at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.  Meanwhile, the Ibadan location has been adapted to an office and training centre.  In addition to the two existing structures on the location, the Centre has constructed: a 31-room office block; four seminar rooms; three computer laboratories; a tea/cocktail room; a relaxation room for course participants and a research library.  Virtually all the Centre's courses are  delivered at this location.  When fully developed, the permanent site in Sheda, Abuja, is expected to have hostel facilities for course participants among other modern facilities.

(ii)            Training Facilities

            The four seminar rooms and three computer laboratories in the Centre provide space and opportunity to run up to seven courses concurrently.  Each seminar room is equipped with modern training aids and equipment which include overhead projectros, LCD projectors, white boards and flip charts, and public address systems.  The computer laboratories are equipped with over 60 desktop computers for which are all used exclusively for training.  The library is well stocked with up-to-date books and journals which are accessible to participants.  The library opens between 8.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. each week day.  Also because of the Centre's heavy use of paper for lecture and research, in particular, the Centre has a number of reliable photocopiers.

(iii)            Utilities

            The availability of uninterrupted power supply is essential for the delivery of the Centre's training programmes and related activities.  The Centre has, therefore, installed a step-down transformer, one giant electricity generating plant, and two small generating plants.  The Centre is also connected to the internet.

            The Centre has adequate and regular supply of water to all offices and training blocks, from the borehole sunk in the office premises.

(iv)      Other Physical Assets

            The Centre maintains a fleet of vehicles, many of which are dedicated to the delivery of trianing programmes and research activities.  These include three participants' buses and a number of Peugeot Station Wagon Cars.  The Centre also maintains a variety of office equipment that are effectively deployed to achieve of its set objectives.


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