President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the present administration under his leadership is determined to enthrone and sustain good governance, accountability, transparency and the rule of law in the country, the objectives he says, are at the heart of the transformation agenda of government.
According to him, Nigerians should be proud that they have got the electoral system right. He was represented yesterday by the Senate Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the graduation ceremony of the Senior Executive Course No 34 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, in Jos, where 66 participants graduated and were decorated with the NIPSS badge of “mni.”
Jonathan noted that credible elections are a stepping stone for good governance, beating his chest that Nigeria has made tremendous progress in that key area of governance as it is equally making progress in other sectors. He also spoke on how frantically the government is fighting the endemic corruption at all levels and in all sectors of the country, assuring that there will be no sacred cows. “Whoever is found to have transgressed will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
He said; The goal of the founding fathers of NIPSS was for this unique Institute to be the bastion of nation-building and national development. The idea of assembly Nigerian Senior Executives, not only from the civil professions, but also from our military, para-military and other security agencies every year for a ten-month training programme is indeed an inspired vision.
“I note that the programme for Senior Executive Course does not unduly dwell on formal aspects such as attending lectures in order to pass examinations. Rather, I am pleased that the programme is designed to engage participants in indepth research, lively discussions and exchange of ideas on the serious challenges facing the country with a view to finding practical and ready solutions to them.”
The President agreed that the emphasis on team work rather than individual effort, is a good model for leadership at various levels in the country to emulate; recommending the NIPSS model to all as Kuru holds the key to the country’s progress. He reiterated his unshakable faith in the country, reassuring all that the future of the country is very bright.
He emphasised that he said it a sacred duty to continue to strengthen the bonds of unity that hold the nation together.
One of the participants who distinguished herself in the overall performance of the Course 34, Mrs. Queensley Sofuratu Seghosime, Director, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was given a special recognition by the Special Guest of Honour, Jonathan. In an interview, she told journalists that the course has been hectic but it was worth it, adding that she would take back to her work place things she had learnt in the Institute to better the society.
Seghosime said that although she encountered some initial teething difficulties, she thanked God that she was able to over come them.
Earlier, the Director-General of NIPSS, Prof. Muhammad Tijjani Bande, said that no individual or group of persons can disintegrate Nigeria as a nation.
He further said their might be conflicts and the menace of the dreaded
Boko Haram but “these are all challenges which would soon be nipped in the bud.” He also said genuine efforts must be made by the government and the people in order to make the nation peaceful.
He recounted the institute’s achievements for the year 2012 saying the Institute’s participants visited 12 states of the federation and six countries “to see how various
economies of the world are managed and also to ensure that policies are
made to ensure that Nigeria does not depend on a single source for revenue.
The Director-General also said that Nigeria’s economy hinges on the agricultural and human resources and as such, all hands must be on deck to ensure that there is a synergy between all sectors. According to him, peace and culture are critical factors in the national building process as they are “binding forces between nation’s and societies”.
He also said that the 66 graduates for this year’s graduation ceremony have been well-trained to carry out successful projects concerning peace and culture, education and conflict policies.