- 15 Project Management professionals/ institutions honoured
At the Project Management Awards Ghana (PMAG-2020), project managers in the country, has been advised to ensure that whatever project they are contracted to execute is fully completed before inauguration irrespective of political influence in order to uphold the dignity of the profession.
Chief Encouragement Officer, Dream Focus, Ing. Daniel Appiah, in his address at the PMAG-2020, said: “It is rather unfortunate that sometimes because of political reasons projects are not fully commissioned but they will be inaugurated, leaving a lot of punch list and outstanding items to go and complete afterwards. But I want us to get to that point where we will complete our projects so that after inauguration, we do not have anything to do with that project again.
Taking his turn, Awards Board Chairman, Management Excellence Foundation, organisers of the awards, Moses Tetteh, indicated that practically every important initiative is executed through projects and almost every budget statement of the government is about projects; be it road network, hospitals, training programme or schools. Therefore, it is critical to have an independent body that monitors and evaluates projects based on performance.
“We need to know the impact of projects to society; how has the project benefitted the ordinary Ghanaian; what standards did the project meet? Nations which execute projects well are those who are making progress,” he said.
He added that project management worldwide is guided by seven main principles which project managers in the country must always endeavor to achieve. These principles include impact, outcome or benefits assessment; scope of project; project time; cost; quality; risk analysis; and schedule to follow in delivering the output.
In the awards segment, the biggest award of the night went to Fidelity Bank Project Management Officer, Catherine Obeng, who was adjudged the Project Manager of the Year 2020.
Whilst the Project Director of the Year award went to Ebo Richardson of ABSA Bank on his directorship to execute the transformation agenda.
Mrs. Catrine Obeng, speaking to the media, indicated that the challenges of project managers in executing a project are many but getting the support of stakeholders and the wider team working together as well as ability to stay within budget scope when other environmental factors such as the pandemic come to play.
List of Award Winners
Project Management Company of The Year- MTN Ghana- Enterprise-wide delivery projects
Distinguished Contribution to Project Management (PM)- Cambridge Center of Excellence- PM training
Economic Impact Project of the Year- MTN Ghana- Momo Magic
Social Impact Project of the Year-SOS Ghana- Employable skills-Project NBU
Environmental Impact Project of the Year- Zoomlion Ghana- Integrated waste management project
Innovative Project of the Year- MTN Ghana- MTN Turbo net
Donor Project of the Year- Built Environment Interd. Group- Infections disease center
Best Startup Project- Akro Farms- Akro Farms at Adwaso Apasaare
Project of the Year- Built Environment Interd. Group- Infections disease center
Project Team of the Year- MTN Ghana- All company capital projects
Project Director of the Year- Ebo Richardson – ABSA Bank transformation
Project Manager of the Year- Catherine Obeng- Fidelity Bank Project Management Officer
Professional Services PM Award- Anita Appiah
Outstanding Research Project Award- Dr Gloria Ocran
Outstanding Research Project Award- Dr George Tettey.
Award winners with Management Excellence Foundation Board