The fast pace of change and national development in countries across the world, especially over the past three decades, has been driven by paradigm transitions towards thinking globally and acting locally. Successful national growth and development have therefore been accomplished under inherently deft, visionary and people-oriented national policies and strategies.
The Nigerian nation had foreseen the need for qualitative input into the national policy making process by 1979, hence the establishment of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (or the National Institute), Kuru, near Jos, Plateau State. The Institute was conceived as a high-level centre institution with the primary objectives of serving as the nation’s foremost policy, developing a crop of top-class technocrats of high intellectual capacity, who will conceptualize and anchor the implementation of innovative and dynamic policy initiatives and strategies critical for national development. Established by Decree No. 20 of 1979 (now known as Act 20 CAP 626 of 1990), the National Institute is a Federal parastatal in the Presidency, in view of the importance attached to its functions.
The National Institute serves as a high level centre for reflection, research and dialogue. Here, academics of excellence, seasoned policy initiators and executors and other citizens of mature experience and wisdom, drawn from all walks of life, meet to reflect and exchange ideas on the great and critical issues of society, particularly as they relate to Nigeria and Africa, within the context of a constantly changing world. The Institute aims to be a model institution for inculcating the highest national ideals and achieving the best results from a rational deployment and utilization of resources. To achieve these objectives, the Institute, among other things:
- Conducts courses for top level policy makers and executors drawn from different sectors of the country, with a view to widening their outlook and perspectives on issues and improving their conceptual capacity, quality of analysis and decision making;
- Conducts research into the social, cultural, economic, political, scientific, technological, security and other problems that face Nigeria with a view to contributing to the search for their solutions;
- Conducts seminars, workshops and other action-orientated programmes for leaders and potential leaders in the public service, the private sector, political organizations, professional bodies and other groups with a view to enhancing their appreciation of long-range national plans and objectives, and applying themselves to solving these problems;
- Organizes brainstorming sessions for the purpose of discussing urgent national issues and recommending policy measures for their solution; and
- Disseminates information through published works, monographs and reports on any part of its activities.
VISION, MISSION AND MOTTO
The vision, mission and motto of the Institute are as follows:
To be the apex centre of policy, research and reflection for a better Nigerian and human society.
To serve as the centre for policy, advocacy, advice and training for the Nigerian, West African and the African region in the context of a dynamic and changing world.
towards a better society
The Institute’s crest is composed of a wheel with cogs, surmounted by the Nigerian Coat of Arms and surrounded by laurels. At the base is a scroll in red parchment bearing the motto: Towards a Better Society.
The wheel is set against the background of the national colours and symbolizes the States integrated for progress under the umbrella of the Federal Republic of Nigeria working together assiduously for a better society.
LOCATION AND ADDRESS
The National Institute is located in a beautiful and serene environment by a lake in Kuru, near Jos, the Plateau State capital, which is accessible by air, and a good network of roads from all parts of the federation. Its postal address is Private Mail Bag 2024, Bukuru, Plateau State, Nigeria. Website www.nipsskuru.gov.ng