…Acclaims Institute for “shaping policies” of the nation.
by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
President Muhammadu Buhari has asserted that, the work of the participants over the years at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, near Jos, has continued to impact governance by shaping policies and interrogating areas of challenges the nation is facing.
President Buhari, who was represented the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday in Jos during the graduation of the NIPSS Executive Course 43, said with the output of the Institute, many contemporary issues such as COVID-19 have been addressed in a proactive manner that is making the nation cope well and work at recovering from the impact.
Also, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State pledged the support of the State Government to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Jos, as it continues to churn out policies for the peace and development of the nation.
He said, Plateau State remains excited to host the Institute, which has been producing many research findings and outstanding personalities that have shaped policies of various administrations in Nigeria.
According to Lalong, most of the participants at the Institute are not only great assets for the nation, but Ambassadors of the State, who on posting for the course are reluctant in coming out, “for fear of the unknown;” but on completion of studies, they find it difficult to leave Jos.
The governor said, many have built houses in Jos and have settled down, thereby correcting the wrong narratives of crises and chaos wrongly attached to the State.
He assured that, the State has experienced substantial peace with the help of many stakeholders such as NIPSS. This he said has brought in more investments and facilitated the introduction of a shuttle flight from Abuja that is receiving high patronage.
Speaking eelier, the Acting Director-General of the Institute, Brig-Gen Udaya (Rtd), explained that, the Executive Course 43 participants went through rigorous research that took them to many States in Nigeria as well as countries in Africa and other parts of the world.
He said they have since submitted their report to the President for consideration and implementation.