How Nigeria can become proactive and catch up to other nations - Buhari delivers powerful message to NIPSS participants
- President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a message on Friday, November 17, to participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies
- The president expressed his pleasure that the participants of the Senior Executive Course Number 39 were focused on how to use science, technology and innovation to help Nigeria address its food security challenges
- The President noted that the country must become proactive, and stated that his economic team would work hard towards implementing the report of the participants
President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a message to participants of the Senior Executive Course Number 39, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.
The president delivered his remarks at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, on Friday, November 17; and his message was made public by his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
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NAIJ.com notes that the president stated that Nigeria must move along with the times, and adjust to the changes in security, trade, technology, global warming and population demographics.
He stated that the country cannot afford to remain passive, but must become proactive.
President Buhari further expressed joy that the participants of the course had adopted the subject of innovation in agricultural development as the theme of their course, and stated that his economic team would study the report, and work towards its implementation in a bid to boost the nations' economy.
He stated: “Today, we are at a very critical juncture of history. The world, as we know it, is changing.
“I am sure you will all agree that in the first two decades of this century, we have seen significant shifts across the globe. Whether it is in security, trade, technology, global warming or population demographics, the world has truly changed.
“Nigeria is not isolated from these trends. We are doing our best to respond to these changes. But we cannot be comfortable with just being a passive nation. We must be proactive.
“Exactly one year ago, during my parley with the participants of the Senior Executive Course No.38, I tasked the management of the National Institute with the responsibility of looking at science, technology and innovation for the development of agriculture and agro-allied industries.
“I was therefore very pleased to hear this proposal was adopted as the theme for Senior Executive Course 39.
“The National Institute was created as a policy formation center where senior Nigerians from all segments of society work together with the common goal of making Nigeria better.
“I am pleased that the participants of Course 39 focused one on how Nigeria can address its food security challenges leveraging science, technology and innovation.
“I have listened attentively to the presentation by the course participants and I am glad that the findings and policy recommendations are apt and implementable.
“As I mentioned in my budget speech just 2 weeks ago, ‘only tailored Nigerian solutions can fix Nigeria’s unique problems’. I am proud to say your report is in agreement with that.
“Your submission has come at a time when Nigeria is recording significant successes in agriculture and food security. However, we cannot afford to be complacent. We must develop strategies to sustain this momentum.
“Be assured that the economic management team will carefully study your report and work towards implementing its recommendations.
“This administration will also continue to address the challenges of the National Institute in both infrastructure and manpower, for improved performance.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Nigeria, I congratulate you for your patriotic efforts.”
See photos from the event:
President Muhammadu Buhari receives the report of the NIPSS Senior Executive Course 39 (Photo credit: Facebook: Garba Shehu)
The president is pictured receiving a portrait from one of the course participants (Photo credit: Facebook: Garba Shehu)
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo pose for a group photo with the class (Photo credit: Facebook: Garba Shehu)
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In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated that the federal government had approved the sum of N750 billon to boost the nation’s agriculture sector.
The vice president made his comments at the inauguration of Senior Executive Course (SEC) 39 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru Plateau state.
Osinbajo stated that the current administration was poised to revamp the agricultural sector through the application of science, technology and innovation.
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