AIG seeks improved investment in youths
The Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) has called for improved investment in Nigerian youths, saying the country’s transformation lies in the hands of its young people.
According to the organisation, no stone should be left unturned in investing in youth capacity building.
Its Founder and Chairman, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said without a strong, ethical, and effective public sector, Africa’s prospects for growth and development would remain constrained.
He noted that Nigeria’s future lies in the contributions of young people who are truly committed to the county’s development.
He said AIG provides funding and programmes to inspire and support current and future public leaders, to deliver sustainable economic growth and social justice for Africa.
“The situation is urgent. We will further expand our scholarships and fellowships, and intensify our investments to build a critical mass of capable leaders who can move our nation forward.
“Less than a week after AIG’s annual lecture, Nigeria was confronted with the consequences of several years of under-investment in leadership and capacity building. AIG grieves with the nation at the loss of life and property following recent days of social unrest.”
He maintained that it was time for the country to envision what and where it wants to be as a nation and to move forward by building and empowering Nigeria’s next generation
He urged the nation’s leadership to maximise the momentary period of darkness as an opportunity to usher in a new dawn of enlightenment and progress to the country.
Meanwhile, in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, the AIG awarded its 2019/2020 Fellowship to the former Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, for her demonstrated outstanding contributions to the public good.
Omoigui-Okauru, during her days as the FIRS boss, spearheaded comprehensive tax reforms, culminating in the development of Nigeria’s first national tax policy, the modification of tax legislation and a remarkable improvement in the effectiveness of tax collection.
While delivering her address at AIG’s annual public lecture titled “Transforming the Public Sector in Nigeria: Reflections from My Leadership of the Federal Inland Revenue Service”, Omoigui-Okauru, said leading reforms or any other organisational activity was a team sport.
She said the strength of the institution was in the strength of the team, both past, present
and future, noting that the strength of the FIRS team had remained, 10 years after her departure.