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WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, AT THE INAUGURATION

CEREMONY OF THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE COURSE (SEC) NO. 2016 OF

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES (NIPSS), KURU,

ON FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY, 2016.

 

Protocol

  1. On behalf of the Management and staff of the National Institute, and nominees of the Senior Executive Course (SEC) No. 38, I wish to welcome you all to the Inauguration Ceremony of the Senior Executive Course 38, 2016 of the National Institute. The Ceremony is very important event in the academic calendar of the National Institute and we cherish the continued interest and enthusiasm of the various Governments and private sector organizations in sending suitably qualified nominees to undergo this prestigious Senior Executive Course at the National Institute.
  2. Your Excellency, the 38th SEC has 67 Nominees who had gone through a painstaking screening exercise conducted by the Presidency and the National Institute. I am glad to report that you graciously approved their nominations. The nominees represent a cross section of the Nigeria society which includes the Military, the Police, other Para-military services, State and Federal public services, Labor, other civil society organizations, professional bodies and the private sector. While there is no doubt that all  nominees are eminent and accomplished Nigerians, they will nevertheless be exposed to the highest level of intellectual and cross fertilizing discourses that will enable them gain a deeper understanding of our country and how to improve it, as well as widen their perspectives on Nigeria’s relations to the wider world. The policy development and implementation skills they would acquire during the Course, should greatly improve their productivity when they eventually return to their respective places of work and businesses.
  3. It is imperative to note that this is the 38th Course since the inception of the institute in 1979 and we are proud of our graduants who are all over the country, making their marks in their various fields of endeavors and callings. Let us mention here that Government pays a high attention to the conducts and outcome of this course. As you are aware, the name for each Course is given by the President of the Federal Republic. The theme approved for the 38th Course is: Strengthening Institutional Mechanism for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development in Nigeria. In view of our current national circumstances, we have found the theme not only apt, but also directly relevant to attempts at finding solutions to many of the social, political and economic problems which bedevil our nation. The submission of a comprehensive report containing robust and actionable recommendations and implementation strategies to Mr. President at the end of each Course is, therefore, a major requirement for graduation.
  4. I wish to use the opportunity offered by this event, to acknowledge the stream of support the Institute has consistently enjoyed from numerous benefactors, in the conducts of the training and research functions, over the years. We trust that the high level of support will be sustained in coming years.
  5. Your Excellency, I am pleased to inform you that apart from the Senior Executive Course, the Institute has, as part of its mandate, introduced another important training programme: the Policy, Strategy and Leadership Course (PSLC), which is a four-week course targeted at enhancing the managerial capacities of the middle-level officers in both the public and private sector of the economy. I am happy to inform  Your Excellency that this  course is gaining national prominence as middle to senior management officers from State and Federal, as well as private sector organizations have shown strong interest and are indeed participating in this programme.
  6. The Institute is also very mindful of its research mandate. In this regard, the Research Directorate is making its mark and is currently undertaking a nation-wide survey on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. This effort is being executed in close collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Small and Light Weapons (PRESCOM). We are optimistic that the Interim Report on the survey would be submitted early in the 2nd Quarter of this year. Your Excellency will recall that at the last Graduation Ceremony of SEC 37, 2015, Mr. President charged the National Institute, “to come up with a set of proposals for the comprehensive study of terrorist insurgencies in our nation, with a view to forestalling future occurrence”. I am glad to report that NIPSS has concluded work on preliminary aspects of the assignment and we are now looking forward to receiving the necessary financial support to accomplish the task.
  7. Before, I conclude, let me express the profound gratitude and appreciation of the Management to His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who exercises supervisory responsibility over the Institute, for the abiding support and encouragement. Let me use this avenue to also sincerely appreciate our host, the Plateau State Government for the cordial relationship it as maintained with the Institute over the years. I wish to assure Your Excellency that the Institute takes its responsibility seriously and this we will continue to do now and in the coming years to the satisfaction of all stakeholders
  8. Finally, to the nominees of SEC 38, I congratulate you once again for being found worthy to be part of the Course. Let me emphasis that each of you should consider him or herself as highly privileged to be nominated and be approved to attend this course by the President of the Federal Republic. As the saying goes, “to whom much is given, much is expected”. It is my hope, therefore, that you will rise to this presidential call to national duty by working assiduously, not only to excel in your sojourn at the National Institute, you will all re-join the greater Nigerian society as outstanding change agents.
  9. Thank you and God bless.

 

 

 Speech of His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbojo, GCON, Vice President

Of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the Inauguration Ceremony of the senior

Executive Course (SEC) NO.38, 2016 of the National Institute for policy and

Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, on Friday 26th of February, 2016

Protocol

  1. I am very delighted to be at the inauguration of yet another Senior Executive Course of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru. This inauguration has become important in our calendar because executive training at the strategic level plays a pivotal role in the life of every nation. It is even more crucial at this period in our history when we are faced with a variety of challenges caused by years of mismanagement of the national resources, which has, among other things, worsened the poverty situation in Nigeria. And the poverty questions the theme for your course.
  2. Despite its vast natural endowment, Nigeria remains one of the poorest countries in the world and is ranked as the third among countries with the highest population of people living in abject poverty in the world. This is in spite of the numerous institutional mechanisms for poverty reduction and inclusive development which previous governments are said to have put in place. Needless to say, Nigeria must rise to challenge of the moment in a focused and determined way to arrest and reverse the situation by sharpening of the policy development and implementation skills of the top echelon of its public and private sectors.
  3. It is against that backdrop and in the quest for strong actors and structures to implement programmes to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of the poor that the Presidents, Commander-in-chief challenged participants of Senior Executive Course 38, to critically examine the important theme of “Strengthening Institutional Mechanisms for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development in Nigeria”. Mr. President chose this theme to enable government tackle the prevailing poverty rate in the country which has now reached an unprecedented and alarming 61 percent. It ranks 152 out of 183 countries in the Human Development Index assessment for 2014, this is quite worrisome and requires urgent intervention; and that is why one of the cardinal objectives of the inclusive development that will take marginalized and vulnerable segments of our society out of poverty in the shortest possible time.
  4. And this is ultimately what we hope you- the members of course 38 – will help the government do. As participants of this course, your selection has been deliberately made to cut across disciplines and the Senor Leadership echelons of our public and private sectors. It is necessary to have such a mixed- grill of participants because of the imperative of grooming change agents as leaders in all critical sectors of the society and economy.
  5. The immediate past participants of course 37 dealt with the theme “Repositioning Nigeria’s Educational System for Global Competitiveness”. I am happy to note that they performed very well, and government is currently considering implanting some of the recommendations of their reports. I therefore dare you to surpass their record.
  6. I hope that during your stay here, you will be able to carry out extensive and detailed research on the challenges confronting public institutions saddled with responsibility for implementing poverty reduction and inclusive development programmes in our nation. I hope your findings and recommendations will in addition show government how to strengthen such institutions. On the whole, your recommendations should be geared towards accelerating our quest for sustainable national development and improving the living standards of our people. Thus, in course of your study, you will not only seek to sharpen your intellect, analytic skills, and conceptual capabilities, but also try to examine issues affecting our country, such as corruption and security challenges, which have contributed in entrenching mass poverty in the land; and then give practicable recommendations and implantations strategies to tackle and overcome them both in the short and long term.
  7. Therefore, the challenge before the participants of Senior Executive Course 38, 2016 is to act as dispassionate researchers, patriotic ambassadors and committed agents of Change. We trust that your findings and recommendations will be consistent high quality, and the implementation Strategies you suggest will be realistic, practical and cost effective.
  8. Over the years, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies has continued to make positive impact in our national life through providing government with qualitative advice and skilled personnel. The nation is grateful. I am happy to tell you that Mr. President and his cabinet have high regards for the National Institute; and as participants, you must rise to the occasion by working diligently to ensure that confidence of the nation in you is not misplaced. If you do that, you will not only have justified the vision of the founding fathers of NIPSS, but you will have done your part in the effort to achieve it.
  9. Ladies and gentlemen, let me use this opportunity to congratulate the management, staff and the entire National Institute community for being focused on the Institute’s mandate in spite of its many challenges, including limited funding. As the Supervising Authority of the Institute, vested with the responsibility for its success and sustainability, I charge you to look into ways of ensuring that the Institute not only maintains high standard, but improves on its enviable position as our premier policy institution with the requisite quality and professionalism.
  10. To our dear participants, I must state that the task before you is enormous, the challenges are daunting and the expectations are high. However, it is my hope that with the caliber of participants assembled for course 38, the aspirations of the Founding Fathers of the Institute will continue to be realized. While congratulating you on your nominations, let me remind you that government places a high premium on the work of the institute and the standards set by your predecessors. I therefore urge you to do your best to safeguard this. I wish you every success in this great endeavor.
  11. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is now my honor and privilege to formally inaugurate the Senior Executive Course No. 38, 2016 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies to the glory of God and for the advancement of our beloved nation and the people in it.

Thank you very much and may God bless you all.