Institute tasks FG to leverage technocrats in governance
To attain growth in the economy, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, (ICAN), has advised the Federal Government to place high premium on the multi-disciplinary expertise available in the country, and utilise models that address its social and economic issues.
The President, Nnamdi Okwuadigbo, who gave the charge in Lagos, noted that professional bodies in the country provides a perfect platform for Nigeria to leverage the various expertises in tackling the myriad of challenges hindering inclusive growth and development. According to him, it’s an indisputable fact that for Nigeria to achieve any meaningful progress, there is the need for leadership at all levels to strategically relate with the Organised Private Sector (OPS) bodies.
He said, ”as a country, we would be living in denial if we fail to appropriate and adequately utilise the knowledge, skills and talents of professionals across all fields. In fact, the political infrastructure requires the engagement of specialists if we are to regain our status in the comities of nations.”He warned that the business of politics is too important to be left to politicians alone, adding that Nigeria needs well-groomed and disciplined technocrats in the governance value chain.
“It is time for professionals to make their voices more audible on matters threatening the stability of Nigeria. Our ’going concern’ as a nation is precarious, hence, we cannot afford to play the ostrich when we are being assailed with diverse issues such as a failing security model, an outmoded health infrastructure, a dismal social amenities, a dysfunctional educational system, a tottering economic structure amongst others.” Speaking on the sidelines of the Association of Professional Bodies boarding meeting, Okwuadigbo tasked Government at all levels to begin to exploit the untapped potential of experts in developing homegrown solutions to the nation’s peculiar challenges.
He said, “No nation of the world thrives through high dependence on import, including the unbridled import of policies and programmes. We need to bring to the fore the ingenuity of Nigerian professionals in policy formulations and decision-making. It is time we stopped politicising issues that are critical to our survival as a nation. We must relive the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians through the creation of enabling business environment. The educational system should be revamped to produce competent graduates capable of contributing the growth and development.
“Our health infrastructure requires an overhaul to discourage medical tourism and preserve our foreign exchange. The financial services industry should provide the necessary support for the proper functioning of the economy. These, and others, are not issues to be turned into a pawn in the chess of politics.”
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