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Osinbajo Urges NIPSS To Improve On Policy

Following the inauguration of the Senior Executive Course, NOS, 43, 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) on Monday, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo has called to notice the need for ‘Do-Tanks’ in the nation.

The theme for the year’s programme announced by the Vice President which has been titled ‘Getting Things Done: Strategies for the Implementation of Policies and Programmes in Nigeria”, further stressed the issue.

Prof. Yemi added that although Nigeria had think-tanks, what was needed at the moment was do-thanks. He said that poor implementation had been the bane of development in Nigeria which needed to be put to an end.

“The proverbial gap between intention and results, between policy and stated outcomes, delivering on campaign promises or even just doing what the well-articulated policy papers say.

“For many serious-minded policymakers, the frustration is the same, yes, we know all about think-tanks but what we need now are do-tanks.” he said.

The Vice President also showed his solidarity with the faculty, staff and Alumni of the National Institute by congratulating them on their hardwork in thinking up solutions to the nation’s problems.

He further stressed that although the government was aware of problems faced by the institute, budgetary provisions would constantly be limited due to other pressing issues in the nation.

“I must appreciate the hard work and commitment of the faculty, staff and the illustrious Alumni of the National Institute. Your responsiveness to critical national issues through policy briefs, policy advice and other strategic interventions is exemplary. Government is aware that the Institute faces problems in terms of resources and inadequate accommodation for staff and participants alike.

“While Government will continue to do its best to support the National Institute, I should stress that budgetary provisions alone, will always be limited given competing needs. It is therefore imperative for NIPSS to be even more pro-active and creative in seeking alternative sources of funding.” Prof. Yemi said.

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