Chris Steven, Abuja
Graduates of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) under the auspices of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) have urged the recently inaugurated cabinet Ministers and President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the country within the context of security, anti-corruption and economy.
President of AANI and former Military Governor of Plateau and Katsina states Maj. Gen. Lawrence Onoja ( gave the charge at the weekend in Abuja at the Presidential Dinner for the graduating Senior Executive Course (SEC) 37 Participants.
The dinner also witnessed the formal presentation of the 525-page “Security and Developmental Challenges for Africa in the 21st Century”, an essay written in Honour of Professor Thomas Akhigbe Imobighe.
According to Onoja, the present administration has recorded significant achievements including the reduction in cost of governance, successful implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the appointments of credible and competent Nigerians into offices.
“We acknowledge the progress that has been made to address insurgency in parts of the country, we commend and support measures by the federal government to reduce cost of governance.
We have witnessed successful implementation of Single Treasury Account (TSA) for all federal revenues to ensure greater probity, transparency and accountability in the collection, disbursement and utilization of national funds” he said
He however urged President Buhari and other strata of government and private establishments to utilise the graduates of NIPSS and also to use the policy recommendations from the institute.
“We are impressed with the change agenda and the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari administration to reposition the country within the contest of the three-point agenda namely security, anti-corruption and economy.
We congratulate the newly appointed ministers and urged them to compliment the efforts of President Buhari to realise his great vision for Nigeria and Africa,” Onoja said.
Speaking during the presentation of the “Security and Developmental Challenges for Africa in the 21st Century”, the Monitor-General of the SEC 36 and Provost of Colege of Animal Health and Production Technology National Veterinary Research Institute, Kuru Prof. Garuba Sharubutu said the book was launched as part of activities marking the 70 birthday of Prof. Imobighe.
The book edited by Amadu Sesay and Charles Ukeje was authored by 19 renowned scholars and academics including Professors Victor Adebola Adetula, Aja Akpuru Aja, Sylvanus Idahosa Ebohon and Ibrahim Jumare among others with former UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Prof. Ibrahim Gambari writing the foreword.
Professor Thomas Akhigbe Imobighe, a renowned expert in defence and security, was until recently, the Director of Studies at the NIPSS.