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‘Professionals’ involvement in politics will aid good governance’


Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora

The new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, has called for more professionals in their relevant fields to venture into politics, stating that their involvement will aid balance in policy implementation.

Mamora, who is also a medical doctor, bemoaned the increased number of non-charlatans, who have nothing to offer in politics, said sanitisation of the system would encourage more professionals into the political sphere.

He stated this during a lecture as the guest speaker, at the 34th Annual General Assembly, organised by the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), in Lagos, where he spoke on; ‘Professionals in Politics, the Challenges, Expectations and Prospects’.

According to him, professionalism in politics is a path to good governance.

A professional would bring his skills to bear when the need arises, and would want to carry decency and decorum as armour, because if he did otherwise, it would send the country into a political doom.

“Professionals should get involved in partisan politics, and rescue it form basdardisation, as politics is too important to be left in the hands of politicians alone.

“Majority of those who venture into politics do not really know why they are there, and that is why they are often there for the wrong reasons, because one do not need any qualification or go through rigorous processes to venture into politics.

Be it said that politics is a dirty game, professionals should get involved to change the scenario.”

President/Chairman of Board and Council, APBN, Dr. Idris Omede, said the association had over the past two years, voiced and made its positions known, advised and proffered solutions to many national challenges, and tackled many issues across various sectors of the economy.

On matters and bills concerning existing and upcoming new professional associations or regulatory bodies pending at the National Assembly, Omede promised that the association would follow up on them to ensure they are passed into law.

He tasked members for their commitment and support to make the association a greater force and more influential in the country.

APBN is a platform that coordinates a range supports, and serves as a mouthpiece for all professional bodies in Nigeria.


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