THE ROLE OF PROJECT PLANNING IN IMPROVING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DELIVERY A CASE STUDY OF THE NIGERIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
EGWIM IKENNA OKECHUKWU
PROJECT SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD OF THE B. TECH. DEGREE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT OF THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OWERRI, IMO STATE NIGERIA.
This is to certify that this research project was carried out by Egwim Ikenna O. of the Department of Project Management Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, under the supervision of Dr. Ukwuoma F.P.O and is hereby admitted as having partially satisfied the requirements for the award of the degree of bachelor of Technology in Project Management Technology of the University.
___________________ ___________________ Dr. Ukwuoma F.P.O
___________________ ___________________ Dr. Okorafor G.F
Head of Department
This work is dedicated to the glory of God.
Project research work, just like projects are never done alone. I’d like to thank my humble supervisor, Dr. Ukwuoma F.P.O, his fatherly care and strict supervisor kept me on track and focused throughout the duration of this study. I am also grateful to the following: My Head of Department and Lecturer, Dr. Okorafor G.F, Prof. Akpan E.O.P, Engr. Chief Anya G.O, and all staff and lecturers of the department of Project Management Technology for giving my mates and I much more than we could ever ask academically. My sincere thanks goes to my dear parents Mr. and Mrs. F.O Egwim and my brother Okwy. Your understanding, love and assistance keep me going. My gratitude also goes to my aunties and Uncles -Mrs. Nneka Egwim, Chief R.A Anebere, Chief Chika Igbosonu etc for their support both morally and financially. Finally, I wish to appreciate my friends Foster, Rejoice, Ernest, Ify, Mazi, Jessy Onyii, Muna etc for your assistance and encouragement.
This research presents results from a study, which examined the relationship between contractors’ planning practices and the occurrence of delays in Nigerian construction projects. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire distributed to randomly selected firms operating in Nigeria. The prevalence of planning practices among Nigerian contractors was assessed. The relative significance of limiting factors on projects undertaken by contractors who use quantitative planning techniques for planning construction work and contractors who do not use such was compared. The results of the study showed that, although, the use of quantitative planning techniques contributes significantly to improving the project delivery process, limiting factors in the Nigerian industry do not really discourage contractors from engaging in quantitative planning. It is therefore concluded that if significant improvements in the delivery of construction projects in Nigeria are to be achieved, specific framework for planning and managing construction projects in Nigeria, which incorporate the identified limiting factors, need to be developed.
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