NIPSS Set To Graduate 67 SEC 38 Participants 

nipss, SEC 38The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, kuru, Jos North Central Nigeria, is set to graduate 67 participants of the Senior Executive Course (SEC 38).

Briefing journalists on the activities of the institute towards the graduation ceremony, Acting Director General Of The Institute, Mr Jonathan Juma, said President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion.

The course which commenced in March 2016, was themed: “Strengthening Institutional Mechanism for Poverty reduction and Inclusive Development in Nigeria”, with participants embarking on study tours of states within the country and outside the country.

Tunisia, Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Namibia and Ethiopia were some of the countries visited by participants, while the international tours included India, Poland, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Romania and Thailand.

Also, participants of the SEC 38 course, had a presidential parley with the President, where paper presentations were done as well as recommendations presented to the him, on the theme of the course.

Although a joyous occasion, a tragic event occurred in which one of the participants from Niger state unfortunately died a day to the graduation ceremony.

He will however still be awarded the member of national institute posthumously.

Primary Health Care: Inadequate Funding Identified As Major Challenge

Primary Health care, inadequate funding, challenges Participants at a workshop for senior civil servants in Kuru, Plateau State have identified inadequate funding as one of the major challenges facing primary health care delivery in the state.

Among other limitations identified were lack of clear cut policies, as well as over-concentration on secondary and tertiary health care.

The workshop which was to discuss efficient health budgeting for the 2017 Appropriation Bill, had over 50 participants comprising of senior civil servants in the public as well as the organised private sector, and the participants urged the government to prioritize the health sector during budgeting.

They gathered at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos, North Central Nigeria.

Sharing the experience of Ghana in budgeting for health in the current economic situation, a representative of the Ghana National Health Insurance Authority, Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, believes that primary health care systems remain the closest to the public in the preventive and curative treatment.

The discussions were designed to provide participants with essential knowledge for effective health sector budgeting.

Several issues were tackled, ranging from budgeting in the era of recession, an overview of the 2016 budget, innovative financing sources for primary health care funding and making optimal use of donor funds.

Apex Bank Governor Says Diversification Is Way Out Of Economy Downturn

Godwin-EmefieleNigerians have been asked to refocus the nation’s priorities by diversifying the economy into other areas such as agriculture, mineral resources and tourism among others rather than crude oil as a way of repositioning the dwindling economy.

The Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, in his lecture at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies on Friday, told participants that the impetus to strengthen institutional mechanism for poverty reduction and inclusive development could only be achieved with citizen’s reorientation.

Nigerians must depend less on foreign goods and look inward rather than being an importing nation, he stressed.

Mr Emefiele was the guest lecturer at the Senior Executive Course organised for 38 participants at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos, Plateau State.

He addressed the participants on different issues bordering on the economic situation that has been bothering Nigerians especially on the role of the apex bank in finding solutions to the economy that has glided into recession.

Looking at the dilemma of policy making amidst complicated and competing choices in revamping the economy, the Central Bank Governor did not mince words while speaking on the title, ‘managing monetary policy in turbulent times’.

He called for diversification of the economy away from crude oil to other sectors, including agriculture which was the mainstay of the nation’s economy before the discovery of the black gold.

Attracting investors into the country, as explained by the banker, is the introduction of the flexible exchange rate which is to protect the foreign reserve and act as a measure to stabilise the economy.

With the Central Bank Governor’s conviction that diversifying the economy from overdependence on crude oil into other areas, particularly agriculture, is the way out of recession, the impetus to achieve this objective should be vigorously and diligently applied and monitored so that the dividends will be enjoyed by Nigerians.

Budget Padding: Minister Defends Document Passed By Buhari

Budget padding, Udo Udoma, Abandoned ProjectsNigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning says the budget passed by the President was a better document than the first budget returned by the National Assembly.

Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma, made the statement while responding to question on whether there are items in the budget that reflected the allegations of padding by the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin Jubrin.

“The Executive sent the budget to the  National Assembly, but was not satisfied with the initial output by the legislature,which reworked it and returned it to the Presidency,” he explained

A Better Document

He added that the President signed the budget because the document was  a better document.

Also making comments on the 2016 budget, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun assured Nigerians that the country would overcome the recession.

She also defended the borrowing policy of the current administration.

Both government officials made their comments at a town hall meeting which had Nigerians from different walks of life, with focus on the implementation of the 2016 budget and good governance policy of the Buhari administration.

Also at the event was the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, who is an alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State.

He tasked the government to ensure that  the 2016 budget was not just a budget on paper, but one that would be effectively implemented.

On his part, the Minister of Power, House and Works, Babatunde Fashola also expressed hopes that the budget would make the desired impact on Nigerians.

Kwara To Inject Two Billion Naira To Fight Poverty

Kwara-PovertyKwara State government is to inject about two billion Naira into its micro credit scheme in the next three years with a view to alleviating poverty in the state.

The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this on Thursday when the participants of the ‘Senior Executive Course 38’ of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos, paid him a courtesy visit.

Maintaining that youths and women would be prioritised in the scheme, the governor also revealed his intention to generate 20,000 agro-related jobs annually, in order to create a successor-generation of commercial farmers.

Describing poverty as a universal issue resulting from a state of short or long term deprivation and insecurity in basic human needs, he restated that poverty reduction was top on the priority list of his government.

According to Governor Ahmed, “Today, many countries are faced with the challenge of poverty. Nigeria is not an exception.

“According to the 2015 Human Development Index, Nigeria ranks 152 out of 188 countries in 2014. Thus, it has become imperative we find ways of ameliorating this scourge.

“Consequently, one of the cardinal objectives of this administration is to improve the lives of our people in tangible ways.

“In our mission towards the reduction of poverty in the state, we have identified agriculture as one of the keys to economic prosperity”, he said.

In an earlier remark, the team leader of the participants, Professor Celestine Bassey, who was represented by Brigadier General Daniel Chinoko, said that they were mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out a study on a theme: “Strengthening Institutional Mechanism for Poverty Reduction and Inclusiveness Development”.

Governor Amosun Swears In New Head Of Service

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has sworn in Mr Olusola Adeyemi as the new Head of Service of the state.

Governor Amosun urged Mr Adeyemi to use his wealth of experience to transform the state’s civil service for prompt and effective service delivery.

At a ceremony held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, the state’s capital on Monday, the Governor also asked the state workforce to rededicate themselves to the service of the state and bring to fruition the aims of the state’s founding fathers.

He further advised the new Head of Service not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the people of the state.

In his speech, Mr Adeyemi, promised to mobilise the state workforce for optimal performance and realisation of the rebuilding mission of the administration in the state.

Mr Adeyemi replaced the immediate past Head of Service, Mrs Modupe Adekunle, who retired in September.

Born November 1957, Adeyemi is the 15th Head of Service of the state. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.

NIPSS Embark On Fact Finding Mission To Reposition Education

nipssMembers “Class 37”of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Plateau State, on Monday visited Bayelsa State on a fact finding mission, with the aim of re-positioning the Nigerian educational system for global competitiveness.

The leader of the delegation, Major-General Johnny Hamakim, who paid a visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, in the Government House, Yenagoa, said that the essence of their trip was to find out the root cause of the rot experienced in the nation’s educational sector and proffer lasting solutions.

To Governor Dickson, there is no better time to begin the restoration process for the educational system.

“There is no more compelling national problem to solve than the education system,” he said, adding hat successive governments have over the years been paying lip service to education.

According to him, a properly educated child would not have the time to hide in the creeks to vandalize pipelines or carry bombs.

Group Urge Nigerians To Shun Violence During Election

electionNigerians have been urged to consolidate on the democratic gains and minimise democratic losses through zero level tolerance to rigging and violence during the general elections.

At a gathering of members of the Alumni Association of National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies for the 35th Annual General Meeting in Kuru, Plateau State north-central Nigeria several decisions on the association and the state of the nation were taken.

Members of the Alumni Association of National Institute at the Annual General Meeting in Jos also stressed the need for the electoral body to sit up and ensure credible, free and fair elections.

The enjoined Nigerians to cooperate with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the success of the elections by going out to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) if they were yet to do so.

The President of the association Major General Lawrence Onoja (Rtd), while commenting on the state of the nation observed that the postponement of the elections had helped to ensure more distributions of the PVC, hence the need for Nigerians to cooperate with the electoral body.

The military renewed war against insurgency in the north-east particularly the recapture of major towns of Yobe and Adamawa States attracted comments from the association officials.

Highlight of the Annual General Meeting was the launching of the association quarterly magazine and the almanac as well as the election of new officers in which Major General Onoja and members of the executive committee were returned for another two year term in office.

Experts Charge FG To Employ Multi-Dimensional Approach To Curb Insecurity

The federal government has been called upon to employ multi-dimensional approach to security challenges in the country, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east as military intervention is a small part of counter-terrorism strategy.

This and some other decisions were taken at the Second Eminent Persons and Expert Group Meeting at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, with the aim of looking at transforming the security sector in the country.

The experts present at the meeting include serving and retired military and police officers at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos north central Nigeria to discuss on transforming the security sector in the country.

In his key note address on ‘Situation Analysis of Nigeria’s National Security: Narratives on Threats’; Retired Major General Lawrence Onoja said that the country needs to systematically collect and analyse the past and current economic, political, social and technological data with the view of arriving at the solutions.

Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi in the paper titled, ‘Strategy for the Transformation of the Security Sector in Nigeria argued that other means should be applied in fighting terrorism as military intervention cannot solve the problem.

The experts also identified inter-security agencies relationship as a crucial factor needed in transforming the security sector as enumerated by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Commandant General, Dr Ade Abolurin.

Youths Protest As Gunmen Kill One in Jos

Residents of Kuru in Jos South local government area of Plateau state, North Central Nigeria went to the streets in protest of an attack on their community, which resulted in the death of one person and the injury of another by unknown gunmen.

The angry youths said they were out to express their anger over the killing a member of their community in an attack on Sunday night that left another person injured.

The protesters blocked the highway that linked the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru before members of the Special Task Force (STF) intervened to prevent further breakdown of law and order within the area.

Residents say the incessant attacks in villages around Barkin Ladi, Riyom and lately Jos South local government areas need to be addressed by the STF as the attackers are becoming frequent with the same professional accuracy and commando type of killings and escaping while no one is apprehended. They suggested that efforts should be made to curtail further occurrence in order to restore public confidence in security operatives.

In the video below, the father of the deceased, Clement Dagwat and the Media Coordinator of the STF narrate how the attackers invade the community.