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BACKGROUND

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.