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January Edition

Topic: A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK  Guide) Fifth Edition


Ayodeji Rex Abitogun,       PMP® ITIL®
Lead Consultant
Management Edge Ltd

Mr. Abitogun is an accomplished career development coach, a Certified Project Manager with over 10 years in IT service delivery, Project Management, New Product development, Business Development, Training Management, and Consultancy services.

The maiden edition of the ME Learning Forum started on a light note at about 9: 30am with a breakfast session. This was followed by introduction by all the participants at the forum. In attendance were professionals of military personnel as well as from private and public sector. A total of 15 persons were in attendance.

The anchor of the forum Mr. Rex Abitooye MD (Management Edge Limited) created a relaxed atmosphere for the participants. Going into the business of the day he started by giving everyone an insight of what ME Learning Network Forum is? Its aims and Objectives, Which me said are:

  • Creating a platform for professional to interact with each other
  • Knowledge sharing and updates
  • Networking
  • Form a body that puts a check to acceptable and recommended standard practices both the private and public sector.



February  Edition

Topic: Project Management and the Nigerian Local Content


Mr. Emmanuel Thompson
Local Content Division
AGIP Oil Company

The Speaker was Mr. Igonibo Emmanuel Thompson, Manager local content Division Nigeria AGIP Oil Company Ltd, Nigerian Content Planning and Coordination for Eni Companies in Nigeria. He has over 25years experience in Project Planning, Construction and Risk Management in several major projects in Africa and Europe.

His rich wealth of experience and authority on the subject matter was brought to bear has he started his presentation with a look at the local content law (NOGICD ACT 2010) in Nigeria.

Highlights of the discussion were: 

  • The vision, definitions and intent of the ACT
  • Understanding Project Management and the local content.
  • Challenges in the sector
  • Risk
  • Opportunities for Project managers in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Strategies for Project Managers entering into the sector


March  Edition

Topic: “Project Deciphering the IT Project Failure Code: Nigeria and the Challenges of IT Project Implementation


Galaxy BackBone Plc


The Speaker GERALD ILUKWE, MD/CEO Galaxy BackBone Plc a seasoned leader in the ICT Sector with over 20 year experience in the industry. Ably represented by Mr Amara Nwankpa, gave well encapsulated presentation: unveiling the different challenges and causes of IT project failures in Nigeria.

Highlights of the discussion were: 

  • Different ways IT projects go wrong
  • The conditions that must be met if IT projects are to be successfully implemented
  • The specific situations and factors in Nigeria’s public sector that make it harder to implement IT projects successfully
  • Galaxy Backbone’s experience in coping with implementing IT projects in Government



June  Edition

Topic:Realizing Benefits on Public Projects in Nigeria”


Dr Olatunde Adekola
Senior Education Specialist
World Bank, Nigeria

Dr Olatunde Adekola is a Senior Education Specialist in the Africa Regional Department of the World Bank, Nigeria Country Office. He is currently the Task Team Leader for Lagos State Secondary Education ( EKO) Project, Co-Task Team Leader of Science and Technology Education Post Basic Project (STEP-B).

Talking about the World Bank, he said what makes the World Bank different is that the bank pride itself with knowledge, and no matter how intelligent anyone is, you need Information technology to make a huge impact.  He emphasized that knowledge should be a requirement before  money flow from any source and for the world bank money is not seen a scalar quantity but a vector quantity because of the role it places in facilitating the implementation of various  projects  at different locations.

Here are the overviews of the presentation:

  • Why do we need access to international funding?
  • What are the requirements?
  • Who are the players or International Development Partners?
  • Country Partnership Strategy (CPS)
  • Main findings of   STEP-B study
  • An example in the context of World Bank support through STEP-B and Lagos EKO project
  • Supporting Emergence  of Centre of Excellence in TVE


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