The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) has felicitated Nigerians on the 62nd Political Independence Anniversary, while urging parties to play according to the rules.
Prof. Sola Adeyanju, the Head of Public Affairs Department, NIPSS, said this in a statement on SaturdayAdeyanju called on all players in elections, political parties, electoral management bodies, politicians and electorates to play according to the rules and promote peace and unity in the country.
He said that as the apex think-tank of the country, the NIPSS was convinced that in-spite of all challenges facing the country, its collective efforts and desire were ingredients of hope that the future is bright.
According to him, the nation’s large population of young, agile, educated and enterprising citizens is a big asset to Nigeria, adding that harnessing the humongous human resources should be the resolved of all Nigerians.
“As we celebrate this independence anniversary, NIPSS enjoins all Nigerians and Nigeria to keep the flag flying and make the harnessing of the huge human and material resources abound in the country possible.
“Let us together create the enabling environment for love, justice, peace and unity to reign,” he said.
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) has sought the support of House of Representatives to amend the law that established it.
The institute’s Director-General, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, led the delegation to the Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila in Abuja on Thursday to forward the request Omotayo said that there was the need to improve funding of the institute as well as request for adequate attention to it deserved He said that NIPSS was supposed to provide training to policy makers and conduct researches in varies field of development but was incapacitated due to some challenges.
“I will be deceiving myself to say that all is well with NIPSS, though we are doing all our best to execute the mandate for which it was set up,’’ D-G said.
He, however, said in spite of the numerous contribution of the institute to the national development for decades NIPSS could not retained best resource persons due to poor remuneration.
“You need to help us do more in term of what we get, the funding is too poor, we believe when we seek help, we will get it,’’ he said.
Responding, Gbajabiamila, commended NIPSS for its long service to the nation saying that there was the need for amendment to NIPSS Act “Many of us will want to attend NIPSS because of what you have done and it is not an institution that anybody will want it to die, there is need for collaboration between NIPSS and NASS,’’ the Speaker said.
According to him, research is key to development in any sector, therefore requested the institution to the draft amendment for onward action.
He, therefore, pledged his support to fast track the process.
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPS) is collaborating with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. to position the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry for growth and development.
Prof. Ayo Omotayo, the Director-General, NIPSS, when he led a delegation from the institute on a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, in Abuja on Friday.
Omotayo said that the collaboration would birth the enactment of strategic policies to better position the Nigerian oil and gas industry for growth and developmentHe said that NIPSS would also collaborate in the area of infrastructural development and capacity building for NNPC as the transformational process in the oil and gas industry proceed.
“We have a very fruitful discussion with the GMD, NNPC is transforming and we believe that NIPSS being the foremost think-thank in Nigeria should engage with NNPC to ensure that the transformational process in the oil and gas is valid.
”He said that the NIPSS which is under the direct control of the presidency had looked at the Nigeria oil and gas industry, adding that it could only take a man with courage like President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out such reform.
According to him, if you take a look at the Petroleum Industry Acts (PIA), you will discovered that it’s only someone who has a lot of courage like Buhari that can carry out such a big reform.
“And, we have discussed with NNPC that we should find ways and means of ensuring that the legacies of Buhari in the oil and gas industry is documented for posterity.
“So, we are going to collaborate in the area of infrastructural development and capacity building for NNPC as the transformational process in the oil and gas industry proceed.
Speaking earlier, Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chairman Board of Governors NIPS, said that the NIPSS would play an important role in term of protecting facilities and impacting knowledge in the sector.
“We are here in partnership with various establishment notably the NNPC, because NIPS is the foremost think thank on strategy and policy matters in Nigeria.
NIPSS remained an institute that build capacity of leaders and building leaders to formulate policies that was central to the country’s development as a nation.
Irabor said that from that context, NIPSS would be involved not only by helping in manpower development of corporation such as NNPC but equally in areas where those establishments could be of support also to NIPS.
“So, if NIPSS is providing the manpower development and of course it stands to reason that whatever happen between the oil and gas space NIPSS is also contributing in that regards.
Kyari on his part said that the NNPC was transforming, adding that it needed to build capacity for leadership.
He further said that it had already benefited from the NIPSS through a number of participants that had gone through the institute.
According to him, NNPC has seen the qualities that have been added to their capacities and their abilities and we will continue to leverage on that opportunities.
He said that, more than anything the NNPC would continue to partner with the institute in manners that could increase their capacities intern of infrastructure.
He added that most importantly, the NNPC was pleased to hear that the NIPSS would honour the President, adding that honour was most important for NNPC than even NIPSS.
This, according to him, is because the President has done great for us for the oil and gas industry by putting in place the PIA.
He said that the PIA had opened up investments and created capacities in the industry, adding that it would please the company to join in honouring the president.
Panelists at the Disinformation in Elections 2022 dialogue want increased political literacy, re-orientation of the populace and more political participation to help curb information disorder during elections.
The panel discussion focused on “Disinformation in Elections 2022” in Abuja.
Their discussion centred on “Information Disorder in Election:Role of the Media,Political Parties and National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS)”.
Ms Ngozi Alaegbu, from Arise News TV warned that media houses should beware of being used as tools to drive propaganda and information that distort the process.
Alaegbu also said, ”false information not only discourages the electorate, but aggravate the rising cases of insecurity.
“The media are reflections of the general society and apart from setting agenda,we need to set better standards for ourselves, with enhanced political education.
” Dr Theophilus Abba, from Daily Trust, was of the opinion that the media cannot ignore false information, rather should deploy tools to fact-check.
Abba said, ”we need more media literacy for newsrooms to track any piece of information.
“Going into 2023 elections, we need to guard against false information, as well as check press releases by political parties and politicians.
“Journalists should not accept all that comes to them.
” Mrs Ebere Agozie, Head,Fact-Checking Desk of the News Agency of Nigeria ,said media organisations should be allowed to operate freely without external influences.
Agozie further said that carriers of false information should be tracked, re-orientation of the populace and possibly extend the training on how to check information to the informal sector.
Prof. Sola Adeyanju,Head,Public Affairs Department,NIPSS, said the media could serve as a tool to disrupt election process and to preserve it as well.
Adeyanju urged the media to uphold the values of decent information dissemination during the election periods and always.
Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering,University of Ibadan, sought for more political literacy.
The dialogue was organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development(CJID) and funded by the National Endowment Fund (NEF).
The event was part of CJID’s effort,through its Media in National Elections (MiNE) and fact-checking (DUBAWA) projects to ensure the provision of accurate information to Nigerians before,during and after the 2023 elections.
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies ( NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau, wants to partner with the National Lottery Trust Fund ( NLTF), to enhance national development.
The NIPSS said it was seeking close working relationship with the NLTF in the areas of education and intellectual development.
Director-General of the Institute, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, made this known when he led a delegation from the Institute on a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of NLTF, Dr Bello Maigari, in Abuja.
“I am here today with my management team to strengthen and seek for strong partnership with the National lottery Trust Fund in areas of needs that will assist us to build a better society.
“We find National Lottery Trust Fund an excellent organisation that we will partner with in areas of education and promoting national intellectuals, to move our dear country forward,” Omotayo said.
According to him, Nigeria has a lot of smart and intellectual people who ”were currently idle.
” He expressed hope that the partnership would help to ”bring those precious intellectuals to NIPSS for the betterment of Nigeria.
“Moving Nigeria to the greater heights is not a task for an individual, but it is a job that needs collective efforts and responsibilities.
“President Muhammadu Buhari alone cannot move Nigeria to greater heights, it is our collective responsibility, so let us all come together and solve Nigeria’s problem for a better society,”’ Omotayo added.
Responding, Maigari said that no fewer than 30 universities and other higher institutions of learning across Nigeria had sent in requests for educational intervention from NLTF.
Maigari said that such requests stemmed from the fact that many of the institutions were lacking social amenities and conducive learning environment.
He said : ”And most of these institutions lack social amenities and so some of them had requested for upgrading of their laboratories and other projects which are key to acquiring skills and expertise.
“I assure you, certainly of collaborative efforts that would concretise learning and research in the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies”.
Maigari further assured NIPSS of the fund’s support to help the institute achieve its mandate of impacting knowledge, developing intellectuals’ capacity for the promotion of a peaceful environment and coexistence among Nigerians.
“NLTF also pledged its cooperation to efforts aimed at ensuring sustainable development that would bring solutions to Nigeria’s many challenges.
“I can assure you that this government under the leadership of was ready to replicate what is happening in developed nations for the impact to be felt here in Nigeria ”The moment we receive your proposal, we will examine it and we will send a delegation to reaffirm our commitment to help NIPSS stand on its feet,” Maigari said.
By Adémólá ÒrúnbonFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigeria need a passionate and visionary leader that can steer the boat of the country to the promised land, which devoid of greed, non-challant and unpatriotic elements.Obasanjo made this known while playing host to the delegates of National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, (NIPSS), Senior Executive 44, group 7, who visited the Former President Nigerian President, on a study tour to Ogun State, on the way out to Nigerian problem and how to strengthen local governance.He said Nigerian should look out and seek for good Presidential candidate, who has a good intentions for Nigeria masses, saying a visionary, courageous and brilliant leader who would not shy away of tackling corruption and banditry is Nigerian needed now."Indeed, Nigeria is secular state, which is very difficult to governing but with courageous and visionary leader, we will take the bull by the horns in tackling our problem, you see, when you are able to do ordinary things that others is not able to do then you will do extraordinary person", he saidThe former president further stated that Nigeria is created by God and to be a leading county, especially in African continent, but collectively everyone needs to make it happen through focus, determination, commitment and visionary leaders.He further reteirated that local government is the closest tiers of government to the people, which must have all the paraphernalia of good governance in its legislation, function, resources to fund itself and also means of providing security, provision of basic services to the people as these would guaranteed the reform local government system.The ex president refer to NIPSS as an avenue for acquiring education, teaching and learning, saying participants should be given more years to impart their wealth of experience before they were retired.Earlier, the Director General of the Institute, Prof. Ayo Omotayo who led the participants on the visit said meeting with the icon is a rear privilege, thereby enjoined them not to only tap but fetch bucket from his wealth of experience.
Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has urged the Federal Government to adopt the reports of the study tours of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to turn around the dwindling socio-economic and political fortunes of the nation.
Emmanuel gave the charge when participants in the Senior Executive course 44, 2022, of NIPSS, who are on a study tour to the state, paid a courtesy visit on him at the Government House, Uyo, on Friday.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, described NIPSS as the highest policy “Think-Tank” in the country.
He noted that the institute and its study participants have continued to make significant contributions towards improvements in different sectors of our national life without commensurate utilisation.
He said that the product of a multi-sectoral study group that seeks to proffer practical solutions to the problems of the nation should be better utilised in shaping the policy framework for the nation.
“The fact that you are able to visit every part of this country at any point in time, gives you a national view of our nation, therefore you should know the problems and help government to tackle these challenges to help improve the country,” Emmanuel said.
The governor reassured course participants of the state’s commitment to support and be part of anything that will bring progress to the country.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Retired Brig.-Gen. C. F. J. Udaya, said that the institution has been helping in formulating policies for government.
Udaya said on an annual basis, the institute conducts the Senior Executive Course with a task by the federal government to tackle topical and challenging problems of governance.
He added that the federal government uses the instrumentality of the senior executive course of the National Institute in addressing the challenges facing the country.
He explained that participants were divided into seven study groups and are to visit 14 states of the federation, seven states in the North and seven states in the south.
He said, “Akwa Ibom was selected as one of the states for the study tour with the theme: “Strengthening Local Governance, challenges, options and opportunities.”
The Enugu State Government has trained 250 school principals on contemporary skills to build their capacity and improve the quality of education in the state.In a speech at the workshop in Enugu on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, gave assurance that government would continue to build the capacity of principals and teachers.The workshop is organised by the Post-Primary Schools Management Board (PPSM) in partnership with the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau.Eze said that the workshop was part of the government’s efforts to ensure that school administrators acquired modern skills in teaching.According to him, this will in turn improve the quality of education in the state.He urged the participants to put into practice what they learnt in order to enhance their competences.“Because we cannot bring all the teachers in the state together in a place, we have decided to bring the principals, who are leaders in their various schools.“By the time we equip them and come up with relevant skills and strategies that will help for efficiency, it will be their responsibilities to take that back to their schools.“And those of us at the headquarters, who are supervisors of what is happening, will from time to time visit the schools to see if the principals are actually implementing the things they learnt,” Eze said.One of the facilitators, AVM Uche Nwagwu, said he was satisfied with the number of participants and their interest in the training, describing it as incredible.He said the training showed that the state government was giving education due attention, adding that it should be sustained.Nwagwu, however, appealed to the government to extend the training to teachers in primary schools, considering their role in formative years of the children.“Start this kind of training for teachers in primary schools, get to those in secondary schools before addressing the proprietors,” he said.Also, the NIPSS Director of Studies, Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Para-Mallam, said that the workshop was key to sustaining the quality of education in the state.In one of the contributions, Mr Sylvanus Onoyima, the Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Due Process and SERVICOM, commended PPSMB for organising the workshop.Onoyima urged PPSMB to intensify efforts in monitoring the schools to ensure that they complied with the set standards.Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, PPSMB, Mrs Favour Ugwuanyi, applauded the state government for providing necessary logistics for the training.Ugwuanyi also said that the principals should replicate the training in their schools when they return from vacation.My advice to the principals is that they should go back after the vacation to replicate the workshop in their schools for three to four days.“The participants have all the details of this workshop and you will see that teachers will improve in their teacher.“Also, the children, by the grace of God, will change and we will have quality youths in the state,” Ugwuanyi said.The Principal, Idaw River Girls’ Secondary School, Mrs. Ethel Onoh, said the training had exposed them to become better and more effective leaders in their schools.Source Credit: NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari called on ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, to study a report on how best to ensure effective policy design and implementation with a view to implementing some of his recommendations.
The report titled "Getting Things Done: Strategies for Policy and Program Implementation in Nigeria" was presented to the President by Senior Executive Course 43 (2021) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Plateau State .
On receiving the report, the President assured course participants that it would be treated with the seriousness and urgency it deserves.
"As such, I ask MDAs and the National Steering Committee on Vision 2050 to review the report, with a view to diligently reviewing the recommendations presented and integrating them into the overall execution strategy." , did he declare.
Buhari said his administration has invested great efforts in building good governance and made huge strides in achieving the desired results.
“This report becomes important and timely in our quest to improve service delivery to our citizens,” he added.
Regarding the importance of NIPSS and its participants in the course, the Chair noted that it was always a pleasure to receive their comments on important issues of great concern to the government and the nation.
“No nation will progress without paying close attention to how policies are formulated and implemented, as it is often difficult to know how to best ensure effective policy design and implementation.
“The gaps between policy design and program implementation must be bridged for our country to continue to make meaningful progress.
This is why I tasked the participants of the Senior Management Course # 43, 2021 to work on the theme: "Getting things done: Strategies for the implementation of policies and programs in Nigeria", a he declared.
While alluding to the report and presentation of course 43 participants, Mr. Buhari noted that their research had drawn attention to his administration's many efforts in implementing policies and programs, as well as the challenges encountered.
He acknowledged that the report also generated constructive and compelling recommendations with adequate implementation strategies.
The structure, content and mode of presentation of this report are testament to the great commitment and hard work that went into it.
“This confirms for me and for our administration the consistency and reliability of the National Institute in carrying out very critical and sensitive missions of national importance.
While I congratulate the participants for justifying the trust by nominating you for this course, I would like to congratulate the National Institute for once again living up to expectations.
"Let me express my satisfaction at the level of knowledge and discipline you have openly demonstrated about our country and our challenges," he said.
Mr. Buhari urged course participants, mostly from senior executives of federal and state institutions, to implement everything they have learned in their various institutions.
"I am convinced that you are now well equipped to take on higher and more complex responsibilities for the sake of our country," he told them.
In his remarks at the presidential session, NIPSS Acting Director General Chukwuemeka Udaya told the president that the 85 participants of the 2021 Senior Course 43 were divided into seven groups to question the topic of the study.
'' The seven groups received lectures and presentations from top-notch resource persons, made study tours to interact and collect data on the topic to be studied from experts, practitioners in the various sectors. public and private worldwide. rigorous research and intellectual debate, '' he said.
The Senate has received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm Professor Ayo C. Omotayo as Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies.
According to a statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, a spokesperson to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the request was contained in a letter read on Tuesday during plenary by Mr Lawan, moments after the chamber resumed plenary from its eighteen working days recess.
The Senate had adjourned plenary on October 13, 2020, to enable Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government to defend their respective budget estimates for the year 2022 before the relevant Committees of the National Assembly.
Mr Buhari in the letter sought the confirmation of Professor Ayo Omotayo as Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in accordance with the Section 5(2) of the NIPSS Act 2004.
The letter was titled: “Request for confirmation of appointment of Prof. Ayo C. Omotayo PhD as Director General, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).”
It reads: “In accordance with the provision of Section 5 subsection 2 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Act 2004, I write to present for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Prof. Ayo C. Omotayo as Director-General, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
“The nominee’s CV is attached herewith.
“It is my hope that the Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner.”