May 22 comes with garlands for Professor Pat Ngwu of UNN. It is the day in 1985 that he successfully defended his thesis for the award of a PhD in Education and Development Studies at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA. Today, he and his wife Rt. Hon Stella Ngwu were inducted as fellows of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), and they received certification as Certified Management Consultants (CMC) in Abuja, Nigeria.
The honour is in recognition of their hard work as consultants for national and international development projects in the country. Over the years, they have worked for many organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations and international development assistance agencies, civil society and non-governmental organisations as well as community development associations.
Of special note is their registration and establishment of IDEA Training and Development Consultants Limited in the 1980s and their consultancy services with the All Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) from 2004 to 2009 for the national Mandatory Continuing Professional Training (MCPT) programmes in all the states and the FCT.
Both Prof. Ngwu and Hon. Ngwu have continued to advance themselves in the academic sector with postgraduate professional training.
Currently a member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Hon. Ngwu has participated in continuing professional education programmes in leadership, management and community economic development at the Kennedy School of government in Harvard University, USA, and the Said Business School, Oxford University, UK.
Prof. Ngwu, who is completing a sabbatical leave as a visiting professor at the National Universities Commission, Abuja, has also participated in continuing professional education programmes in Management of Higher Education Institutions co- organised by the Galilee International Management Institute, Israel, and the Harvard University Extension School, USA.
Their induction and certification will surely enrich the crop of management consultants in Nigeria, especially as it relates to educational leadership and management training at all levels and cadres, one area of management development that has been sorely neglected.