was arrested on suspicion of embezzling billions of
dollars from the state-owned oil company, the Nige-rian National Petroleum Corp.
“Political corruption, regulation and the low
price of oil have inhibited project investment,” says
J. Eric Maier, PMP, project director at engineering
and systems integration firm Intech Process Auto-
mation, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. “There are a lot of
unfinished projects because companies cannot get
any attractive ROI.”
But President Buhari’s efforts to clean up corrup-
tion are promising for projects in the country, Mr.
“The anti-corruption crusade of the present-day
government will lead to a lot of manual processes
in government becoming automated. Citizens are
demanding transparency and accountability from
the government,” he says.
President Buhari also has vowed to stem horrific
violence by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The group’s terrorist attacks not only threaten citi-
zens; they are also a risk for which project manag-
ers must account, because they have the potential
to delay or destroy projects. However, Nigeria’s
military says the group no longer controls a large
IT management consultant, Management Edge,
Abuja, Nigeria. “It’s a bit challenging to fund capital
projects at the moment.”
For instance, he says most construction projects
in the country, including the Auchi-Benin express
road and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, are on hold.
Conversely, there’s hope that this year’s national
census could become a robust IT project that incor-
porates digital mapping and geographical informa-
tion systems, Mr. Abitogun says.
But even after oil prices recover, Nigeria also must
overcome other factors that threaten to derail existing projects or dissuade project sponsors from giving
the green light. Corruption is a major problem. In
October, the country’s former petroleum minister
We asked practitione
“Be very savvy with practical
skills, particularly in areas like
risk, time, stakeholders and
especially cost management.
Most of the major project
failures in recent history in
Nigeria [have problems
in] these areas.”
—Abiye Kalaiwo, PMP, program manager,
United States Agency for International
mall project in
Aba, Nigeria is