Uduaghan Advocates NIPSS Training For Politicians

DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has called on the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies to design a short executive programme for top class politicians that could prepare them for the difficult task of governance.
Dr. Uduaghan who made the call when participants of Course 34 of the institute paid him a courtesy call in Asaba, said the institute was well endowed with research and could therefore design a programme that would suit the political class.
He said the institute should incorporate political big wigs in interactive seminars especially as most students of the institute were big shots in the society who are well exposed on several issues.
The governor explained that since the institute has several programmes there was need to accommodate the political class in some of them. His words: “I want to request that the institute should organise a short programme for the political big wigs in the country. NIPPS has something for everybody in the society and l think it should organise an interactive programme for top politicians.”
Dr. Uduaghan described this year’s interactive top for the students titled “Resource Diversification for Sustainable Economic Development as apt explaining that it was the only way to boost the economy and be less dependent on oil and gas. He said it was critical for the nation and states to move beyond oil and explore their strength in their areas because oil would not last forever.
The governor recalled the recently concluded second south-south economic summit which was also centred on diversification of the economy of the region and disclosed that his state already has a programme on diversification titled “Delta without Oil.”
Dr. Uduaghan who said the state’s programme on economic diversification was broad, explaining that the policy was on agriculture, leisure, medical as well as oil mineral adding that his administration has already provided infrastructures such as power, good motorable roads, sea and airports to encourage and attract investors.
Explaining further, he said “We are also empowering the youths through agriculture and micro-credit scheme because once the youths are engaged they would not be attracted to crime.”
The Director General of NIPSS Prof. Tijani Bande in his remarks said his team was in Delta to interact extensively with top government functionaries on the institutes topic for the year titled “ Resource Diversification for Sustainable Economic Development.”
Prof. Bande also disclosed that they would observe efforts being made by states on the issue of diversification even as he said the topic was dear to the president. He said that diversification was now central to the economic development of the nation and enjoined states to key into it.
The DG commended the south-south zone of the country on its effort towards diversification and said such drive would open the door for sustainable economic development in the region.
He commended Delta for the industrial development sweeping across towns and villeges and urged the governor not to relent in his effort to transform the lives of the people.