Act 51 of 1976 assigned the following specific functions to the Council:
  • To advise the Minister (i.e. Federal Minister of National Planning) on policies, plans and programmes for the enhancement of number, quality and effective utilization of the managerial manpower resources of the country in all sectors of the economy;
  • To formulate policies and guidelines for the coordination of management education and training activities throughout the country;
  • To develop and promote high national standards of management education, entrepreneurial development, and supervisory training;
  • To keep and maintain a register of training institutions and their training programmes including their subjects, locations, standards, duration, type and costs;
  • To assist, from time to time, the training programmes offered by institutions listed in the register mentioned in paragraph (d) above with a view to determining their competence and whether they deserve financial support by Council; and
  • To provide a forum at which representatives of both the public and private sectors and of management training institutions could exchange information and ideas on trends in management education and training.


The Centre for Management Development (CMD) is a resource institution established in 1973 by the Federal Government of Nigeria as the operational arm of the Nigerian Council for Management Development (NCMD), which has over-all responsibility for the stimulation, promotion and training in the public and private enterprises of the Nigerian economy. Though established in 1973, it was Decree 51 of October 4, 1976 that gave both the Council and the Centre their legal status.

In 2004, the Centre’s mandate was enlarged when the Federal Executive Council in-line with the Federal Government’s reform policy approved the merger of CMD and the National Centre for Economic Management and Administration (NCEMA), Ibadan. Through the merger, CMD assumed the additional responsibility to strengthen the skills of public officers involved in economic planning, budgeting, project design, implementation and monitoring as well as economic policy formulation and implementation.

The functions of the CMD which are spelt out in Section 16 of the Decree include:

  • The provision for the Council, background information and other technical data necessary for the Council’s policymaking and coordinating functions;
  • Provision of management advisory and consultancy services to Nigerian enterprises;
  • Establishment and maintenance of an up-to-date library for management studies;
  • Publication of journals, research papers and books on modern management and supervisory techniques; and
  • To sponsoring, promoting and conduct of research into all aspects of management and allied subjects in relation to the Nigeria situation.

In addition to these functions, the Federal Government, from time to time, gave additional responsibilities to the Centre, for example, in 1977, the Federal Executive Council directed the Centre to assist in the development of the small-scale industrial sub-sector of the economy through the design and provision of suitable training packages for small-scale industries in the nation. Also in the Fourth National Development Plan, 1981-85, the Government directed the Centre to place greater emphasis on designing programmes aimed at improving the performance of parastatals whose management problems seem to be quite serious.


To be a world-class management development institution that sets standards for excellence in management development and economic administration.


To Stimulate, Promote and Coordinate Management Development for the Achievement of Management Excellence in Nigeria and beyond.


1. Policy Making, Promotion and Coordination of Managerial Manpower Development
2. Accreditation and Registration of Management Trainers and Training Institutions
3. Management Advisory and Consultancy Services
4. Reference Library for Management Development
5. Sponsoring, Promoting and Conducting Research into various Facets of Management Development
6. Publishing Journals, Research Papers and Books on Modern Management
7. Quality Assurance and Benchmarking of Best Practice in Manpower Development



Committing to staying at the cutting-edge of knowledge through research, training and professional development as the basis for nurturing the nation’s managerial human resource.


Engaging in practices that impact positively on, and maximize value for clients or other stakeholders in an ethical manner.


Reflecting competence and promoting distinctive management standards and best practices in collaboration with management development organizations, trainers and other stakeholders.


Committing to the culture of excellence that underpin organization processes for effective and efficient service delivery.


The Governing Council

The Governing Council of the Centre is at the apex of the establishment. The current Council which was inaugurated in 2005 comprises of a Chairman and fifteen other members drawn from the political class, public and private institutions and the organized labour.

The Director-General

Next to the Governing Council is the Director-General. The Director-General is the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible to the Council for the day-to-day running activities of five (5) departments into which the Centre is broken. The office of the Director-General comprising one Division and two units provides institutional support for his supervisory and coordinating roles. These are:

  • Zonal Offices Administration
  • Corporate Affairs Division
  • Internal Audit Unit
  • Legal Service Unit

Main Departments

The extant structure of the Centre provides eight departments which are:

Administration and Human Resources Department, comprising
  • Human Resource Management Division
  • General Services Division
Learning and Development Department, comprising:
  • Management Education Division
  • Learning and Development Division
Research and Consultancy Department, comprising:
  • Research Division
  • Consultancy Division
  • Publications Division
Entrepreneurship and Business Development Department comprising:
  • Small-scale Industries Advisory Services Division
  • Entrepreneurial Development Department
  • Micro small and Medium Enterprise
Accreditation and Curriculum Development Department, comprising:
  • Accreditation Division;
  • Quality Assurance/ Monitoring & Evaluation; and
  • Curriculum Development Division
Finance and Accounts Department
  • Accounts Division
  • Finance Division
Office of the Director-General
  • Zonal Offices
  • Director-General’s Office Division
  • Corporate Affairs Division
  • ACTU/ICPC Unit
  • Legal Unit
  • Audit Unit
  • SERVICOM / FoI Act Unit; and
  • Council Secretariat.
Information and Communication Technology(ICT)
  • Learning Division
  • Services Division
  • Library and Documentation Division
Economic management Department
  • Economic Management Division
  • Planning Division
Zonal Offices
The Centre has six zonal offices located at Owerri, Kano, Abuja, Gombe, Ibadan, Lagos. The Kano office was established in 1974 after the opening of the Head Office in Lagos. The Abuja office established in 1999 was until year 2002, a Liaison Office. The Area offices were established with the aim of brining the activities of the Centre closer to other parts of the country. Each Zonal Office is headed by a Zonal Coordinator who reports to Director, Director-General’s Office.