By Timothy Ekpo
The Akwa Ibom Government has called for the implementation of the reports of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to make improvement in the socio-evonomiclives of Nigerians.
The Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel made call when he received participants of the senior executive course 44 of the Institute in his office at Government House, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Represented by the deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, MrEmmanuel said that his administration attached great importance to the activities of NIPSS, as the think tank of Nigeria, as the findings of the body were capable of addressing issues affecting the nation.
He explained that even though Akwa Government was having much confidence in the institute, it was regrettable that the federal government does not implement the reports of the institute to see how they could help in solving the challenges facing the country.
The governor, appealed to the apex government to use the findings and recommendations of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, to make improvements in the country.
Governor Emmanuel, noted that it was out place that every year, the institute with its professionals with vast knowledge, would tour states and come up with findings that could help in the proper management of the nation’s programmes and activities only for the federal government to set aside such recommendations for something passive.
“We are always available at your presentation, but our regrets have been that this been a think tank, the Federal Government itself does not appear to use the outcomes of this Institute to do the needful, so our appeal is that the federal government should use this body to make improvements in Nigeria”. He said.
“Every year , you go round with these star studded people, commissioners of police, navy, everybody and I thought that the collection of these knowledge of our people, should be better utilized to make sure that policies are shaped by what comes out of your discussions and visits”. Governor Emmanuel stated.
The governor told the institute that the fact that they have by the nature of its responsibility, had toured all parts of the country, gave it the global view of the country and whatever report it offers, should be taken very seriously by the government to serve purposes.
He assured the institute that Akwa Ibom State would always be available and would be part and parcel of what the institute does in anything that would make Nigeria better than what it is today and commended the NIPSS for coming to the state for the study.
The leader of the team, Brigadier – General Udaya rtd. said the theme for the 2022 course was “Strengthening Local Governance, Challenges, Options and Opportunity”, and explained that the institute used the instrument of the policy to address the challenges. Be told the governor that as part of activities to address these issues, NIPSS, conducted several study tours, namely local study tours, African study tours and the intercontinental study tours.
General Udaya said that for the local study tours, participants were split into seven study groups to go round 14 states in the country, seven states in the North and seven in the South, which Akwa Ibom was one state selected in the South for the tour.
He said that while in the state, the institute would know the direction the state government had for local governance, stressing that it would allow the institute make inputs and report to the president to enable him have knowledge on what the third tier of government need to function for effective service delivery.