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The National Institute Library and the Plateau State Chapter of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) held a joint seminar on Thursday, May 8 2014 with the theme: “The Imperatives of Libraries in Strengthening Institutional Frameworks and the Transformation Agenda in Nigeria”.

The seminar which took place in the Seminar Room at the Political Party Leadership and Policy Development Centre in NIPSS was aimed at providing a forum for libraries and information professionals to rub minds and share ideas on the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President. It was a way of contributing to how Libraries as institutional frameworks can be factored into the Transformation Agenda and help achieve the Agenda’s objectives.

In his welcome remarks, the Institute Librarian Mr. E.S. Mamman said the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President covers 2011-2015 and is meant to propel Nigeria as one of the twenty largest economies in the world by the year 2020. Mr. Mamman, speaking further, said institutional frameworks are bodies, structures and agencies that are found virtually in all disciplines that cut across the society (government/non-government settings). 

The Chairman of Nigerian Library Association (NLA), Plateaus State Chapter, Mr. Mangut Banwor Dakur in his goodwill message at the occasion hailed the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President and agreed that the Librarians as custodians of information have something to offer to the nation. The Director General of the National Institute, (NIPSS), Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, OFR was the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion.

Eight papers with the following titles were presented:-

1. Libraries as Tool for Policy Formulation and the Transformation Agenda by Mallam Tanko Ahmed, fwc.
2. Libraries as Frameworks for Delivery of Information for Transformation Agenda in Nigeria by Dr. (Mrs) Lily Ezeala.
3. Libraries, Women Empowerment and the Transformation Agenda in Nigeria by Mrs. Fwenshima Y. Goyo.
4. Libraries as Frameworks for Delivery of Information in the Transformation Agenda in Nigeria by Mr. Emmanuel Davou Bot.
5. Library Services as Tools for Empowering Prison Inmates and the Transformation. Mrs. Nwanneka Oliwe.
6. Information Organisation and Dissemination as Framework for the Transformation Agenda. Mr. Peter Oye.
7. Libraries as Frameworks for Delivering Information for the Transformation Agenda in Nigeria; Mr. Gabriel Ameh.
8. Women Empowerment and Transformation Agenda in Nigeria: The Impact of Library Information Services. Mr. Emmanuel S. Mamman National Institute Librarian NIPSS.

The Policy Strategy and Leadership Course 17 (2015) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies was on Monday April 13th, 2015 inaugurated by the Director General Professor Tijjani Muhammed-Bande, OFR. He was represented by the Secretary/Director of Administration of the Institute, Mr. Jonathan Mela Juma, mni. Declaring the Course open, the DG noted that the course which draws participants from public and private sector organization is designed to hone the Policy conceptualization capacity of middle-level executives as well as prepare them to assume strategic leadership roles. He urged participants to take advantage of the rich course curriculum and the resourcefulness of the facilitators to acquire new knowledge. The four-week course is run in modules: Policy, Strategy, Leadership Practices and Management Styles, and it involves a lot of practical experience sharing. Also, on each course, a specific national policy is selected for review by participants. The current course will review the Policies on the Petroleum Industry. This will involve a comparative study of the current global practices in the Industry and an examination of the implication of a fluctuating oil price on Nigeria’s economy. Participants would embark on a two day study tour to key agencies/actor in the Industry.

The Veterinary Council of Nigeria held its 107th regular meeting and a retreat at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru (NIPSS) on Thursday, 8 May2014.

The aim of the retreat is to acquaint the delegates of the veterinary Council of Nigeria with the key ingredients of policy, vision and strategy as a necessity for strengthening professionalism in a highly competitive world system.

Welcoming the delegates to NIPSS, the Director-General Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, OFR, thanked the Council for choosing to have the retreat at NIPSS to discuss matters pertaining to their work. NIPSS DG said what they have done is part of the mandate of NIPSS. The Director General noted that if all Nigerians can take things seriously as the Veterinary Council has done, Nigeria will be a better place.

Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande speaking further noted that agriculture is very important and should not be left as secondary in Nigeria. Professor Aja Akpuru-Aja in a paper he presented at the occasion titled “Policy, vision and Strategy and the way forward for the Veterinary Council of Nigeria”, noted that mankind’s survival depends on the veterinarians and that makes the profession a highly dignified one. He said in a setting of National and Global competitiveness, an organized Retreat should be a forward looking platform for reflection in the concept of an organisation or institution, reflect on the journey so far; the challenges and the way forward. Prof. Aja advised the delegates to be conscious of innovative breakthrough. He advised against having the same result year in year out. Aja emphasized that professionals in the area of veterinary medicine should have passion for policy continuity, adding that successions should not truncate policies. He strongly advised that this body should guard against policy summersault and lack of continuity. He advised them to consider issues based on merit. Professor Aja advised the gathering that whatever the adopted vision of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria is, a plausible smart one is “ensure that veterinary education and practice in Nigeria is among the best in the world”.

The Veterinary Council of Nigeria was formed in 1952 as a regulatory body for veterinary medical practice among other functions which include determining what standards of knowledge and skill to be attained by persons seeking to be registered to practice veterinary medicine in Nigeria; the Council also performs the function of raising standards of the profession from time to time as circumstances may permit. The Council also licences the practitioners, accreditate faculties/colleges of veterinary medicine, carry out registration of members as well as training of members.

The Council meets twice a year. The Registrar of the Council is Dr. Markus A. Avong, while the President is Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, mni. Membership of the Council is drawn from all the 36 States of the Federation, 8 elected members, and representation from each of the accredited faculty/colleges. In all the Council have 55 members.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said that the Federal Government believes strongly in the efficacy of scenario planning as an effective strategy for national change. He has therefore promised

 The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said that the Federal Government believes strongly in the efficacy of scenario planning as an effective strategy for national change. He has therefore promised