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Prof. Pat Utomi and his group delivering the lecture at the occasion

The Learning & Development unit of the Human Resource (HR) Department of NAPIMS recently organised a presentation on Knowledge Management and E-liberary. Explaining the reason for the gathering, the Deputy Manager L&D Mrs N.T Eze traced the history of knowledge Management in NAPIMS. She explained that when the Group Learning Department (GLD) initiated and launched Knowledge Management Corporate wide, in 2008, NAPIMS could not run with it. In 2012 another attempt was made to relaunch it as well as inaugurate a team drawn from several departments that would drive it.

But again it could not effectively fly. In the face of these challenges and knowing the enormous loss that looms if Knowledge Management did not take off in NAPIMS, Mrs. Amaka Gini, Mgr. HR went to work and with the guidance of the then GM Services, M r. Fidelis Pepple, a decision was taken to establish a KM frame work that would provide the needed platform for the institutionalization of Knowledge Management in NAPIMS.

Why Knowledge Management, one may ask? In 2010 the then US President, Bill Clinton was in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of government, and in one of his speeches he said, “The great economies of our time were driven not by what we stand on (land & natural resources) but by what we have in our heads & minds…’’ (Knowledge).

This goes to buttress the fact that we are living in a knowledge era, operating in a knowledge economy as what one knows gives one a competitive advantage. The renowned, Japanese organisational theorist, Ikujiro Nonoka, put it more forcefully, “In an economy where the only certainty is uncertainty, the one sure source of lasting competitive advantage is knowledge”.

Today’s oil and gas industry is operating in an extremely dynamic business environment and one must learn to adapt to the continuously changing environment. The key challenges facing oil and gas industry today include; increasing global demand for energy, how to develop unconventional oil and gas reserves and the need for creativity and innovation.
A cross section of NAPIMS staff at the knowledge Management lecture section

These challenges cannot be resolved without what Mrs. Eze called “A Robust Knowledge Management framework and e-library capabilities’’. Citing the CWC School for energy report, she highlighted the sfact that 60% of today’s workforce is older than 45, which is typical of NNPC where refinery technicians are invited after retirement to fix one problem or the other in the plant.

‘’The baby- boomers, she said, are exiting with their knowledge as most of the knowledge in our system is in tacit form. Talent pool is shrinking; B.Sc. petroleum engineers is declining by 74% (1983-2001 CWC report) and going by this ratio, in the next 10 years it is expected to decline by over 80% and geologist by 80%.’’

These make knowledge management a critical business success factor in today’s oil & gas industry. If we do not figure out how to manage what we know and what we need to know, we will always get there later than our competitors. It is on the basis of these weighty reasons that a decision was taken to crystallize the NAPIMS Knowledge Management framework and for that also discussions were initiated with a group of consultants as directed by the GM Services.

The result of those discussions brought about the invitation of UTOMAPP led by the erudite Professor Pat Utomi to make the landmark presentation on KM & E-library to NAPIMS Management.

The main thrust of UTOMAPP’s presentation was to drive home the definition and need for KM to the NAPIMS management seated there. Knowledge Management UTOMAPP tells us, is a discipline that promotes an integrated approach to identify managing and sharing all of an enterprises’ information needs.

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