Fro Victor Osula, Abuja
VP Yemi Osinbajo during the virtual meeting
To unravel the supposed mystery surrounding failed or poorly executive projects in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to find an answer.
The President, who gave the charge on Monday in Abuja, while conducting a virtual inauguration of the Senior Executive Course 43 of the NIPSS.
The President, told the participants that their task of solving the jinx of failed or poorly implemented policies in the country had been outlined for them.
“Your task is already well cut out for you. Perhaps Course 43 will be able to unlock the mystery of failed or poorly implemented policies and projects, but more importantly, promote a practical, nitty-gritty guide to implementing projects and policies. This is a body of knowledge that is desperately needed today”, he said.
Speaking on the theme “Getting Things Done: Strategies for the Implementation of Policies and Programmes in Nigeria”, the President who was represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), noted that the course goes to the heart of what is generally considered the bane of development in Nigeria, poor implementation.
According to him, “the proverbial gap between intention and results; between policy and stated outcomes; delivering on campaign promises or even just doing what the well-articulated policy papers say. For many serious-minded policymakers, the frustration is the same, yes we know all about think-tanks what we need now are do-tanks.“
While commending the commitment and contributions of NIPSS to critical national issues through policy briefs, policy advice and other strategic interventions, President Buhari assured staff, participants and management of the Federal Government’s continued support to the institution especially in the upgrade of facilities but tasked the NIPSS management to be innovative in addressing its problems.
“While Government will continue to do its best to support the National Institute, I should stress that budgetary provisions alone will always be limited given competing needs and responsibilities of government. It is therefore imperative for NIPSS to be even more pro-active and creative in seeking alternative sources of funding”, he said.
Commiserating with the management and staff of NIPSS on the demise of its Director-General, the late Prof. Habu Galadima, the President recalled the late DG’s hard work and dedication particularly to the growth of the institute, describing the late DG as a “passionate advocate for the transformation of the Institute”.
As in the previous programmes, participants of Senior Executive Course 43 are drawn from the private sector, the public service, including paramilitary organizations and the armed forces.
Present at the event were Plateau State Governor, Mr Simon Lalong, and representatives of the Service Chiefs, among others.