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President Muhammadu Buhari at NIPSS Graduation Ceremony

  • Awards certificates to 67 Graduands of Senior Executive Course 38, 2016.
  • Re-assures NIPSS of Federal Government Support

President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has re-stated his government’s commitment to the safe return of the remaining Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity. Twenty-one of the 276 girls captured two years ago from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, were rescued recently and reunited with their families.

President Buhari stated this while speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the Graduation Ceremony of Senior Executive Course 38, 2016 of the National Institute on Saturday 19 November, 2016. 67 Participants graduated from the Course, making them members of the National Institute “mni.”

President Buhari, represented at the occasion by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN, noted that over 20,000 Nigerians have lost their lives to the Boko Haram insurgency, while the cost of rebuilding destroyed infrastructure in the North East was enormous.

The President, who used the occasion of the Graduation ceremony to address the critical issues of law and order challenge in Nigeria, also spoke about Fulani/farmers’ clashes and the militancy in the Niger Delta. He said the economic dimensions of the disruptions in oil and gas production caused by militant activities in the Niger Delta have grave impact on Nigeria’s economy. According to him, “the blowing up of strategic oil facilities and oil fields…led to a decline in output from budgetary provisions of about 2.2 million barrels per day to about 1.1million or sometimes less.”

Such loss, he explained, translates to the loss of over 60 percent of gross revenues as of August 2016. This has negative impact on GDP growth which is directly linked to the price of crude oil.

President Buhari however indicated that negotiations were on-going with stakeholders in the region to address the issues fuelling the militancy. According to him, “the implication of these despicable acts of sabotage on the vast majority of our people, and even our people who live in the Niger Delta trying to make a living, is definitely obvious. While we have made it abundantly clear that criminality under any guise will not be tolerated in any part of the country, and that the sabotage of the national assets is a heinous crime, we have nonetheless opened several channels of communication with all relevant groups in the Delta.”

The President also restated the commitment of Government to the clean-up of the Niger Delta, beginning with Ogoni land

Dignitaries at the Graduation Ceremony included the Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ette Ibas and other security chiefs.

Also present were the former Chairman of NIPSS Board, Maj-Gen Paul U.Omu (rtd); three former Directors General of the Institute, Prof Justin Tseayo, Prof. Ahmed Danfulani and Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande; former Secretary and Director of Administration, Alhaji Abubakar Sanusi Adamu, mni; and the Gbong Gwom Jos, represented by the Sum Pyem, HRH Charles Mato Dakat. The Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) was led by its President, Maj-Gen L.A. Onoja (rtd), mni, PhD and other executive members. Worthy of mention was Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, mni SEC 9 (Monitor General) 1987 whose son Abubakar Ismail Isa

was among the SEC 38 graduands.

The Special Guest of Honour on arrival at NIPSS was taken round the Institute to commission some projects executed by Participants which include: Participants chalet, built by SEC 38; extension of the NIPSS Clinic donated by Abubakar Isa, a member of SEC 38; and a Golf Course Club House donated by Chief Oseni Elama, also a member of SEC 38. Also commissioned were three Toyota Coaster buses donated by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and one Toyota Hummer bus donated by DSS.

The Vice President congratulated the graduands and thanked them on the work done on the theme of the course which is “Strengthening Institutional Mechanisms for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development in Nigeria,” and promised that Government will study and implement the recommendations on the way forward for poverty reduction in the country.

Although 67 people finished the course, one of them, Hajiya Maimuna Abdullahi, Permanent Secretary from Niger State, passed away two days to the graduation ceremony on November 17, following a brief illness. Her son, Salim Abdullahi, collected her certificate which was awarded post-humously.

Immediately after the certificates were awarded, the SEC 38 Participants were inducted into the prestigious Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) by the President, Maj-Gen Lawrence Onoja (rtd), mni.