APBN seeks recognition to address gaps in professionalism, service delivery
The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) has decried the government for not giving the group its rightful place in the country, calling for more recognition to address professional lapses through quality service delivery.
The group called on both the private and public sectors to recognise the importance of professionals in rendering services.
APBN President, Manason Rubainu, said this while addressing journalists after its board meeting over the weekend.
He said the government should ensure the citizens benefit from the dividends of good governance and service delivery, which is done by professionals.
According to him, since the government has to provide good governance to the citizens, it also has to properly make use of professionals in rendering those services.
Part of where he said the government failed was non-recognition of the association in the redesign of the naira.
Noting that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has all the powers to do what it carried out, he said the APBN believes that the planning and execution were poorly done, which caused a lot of problems and hardship to Nigerians.
To ameliorate the challenges of petrol and naira scarcity, he said on each stage of planning, the ideas of professionals are very important.
Rubainu said to develop ideas, strategies and logistics, the input of professionals was very much required.
“If there were professional advice, we would not have some of the crises going on. We won’t have this level of inadequacy in implementation. We believe that professionals were not carried along. Our licenses are authorities given by law and they should be respected. Government should get professionals and respect their responsibilities.
“Our association is of the view that the planning and execution were poorly done. We urge that a solution be brought up to ameliorate the challenges the citizens are going through.
“In terms of printing and how to go about it without hitches, there are professionals that would have advised on how to go about without falling into the crisis experienced across the nation. These are logistics problems involved in the operationalisation of withdrawal of money in circulation by banks,” he said.
Speaking on overlap by professionals across boards and where he sees the association, the immediate past president of APBN, Akin Oyegbola, said: “There is still a lot of ground for the association to cover. Being an umbrella association, member bodies join with their associations and with such you have to be careful what you put out.
“By the time we recognise our peculiar position for all the umbrella bodies in the association, you will see there is a need for a high level of advocacy and enlightenment for people to know the group and also for the government to appreciate the body at any point in time for the good of the profession.”