How to launch Nigeria on path to accelerated growth, by Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said if Nigeria is to inaugurate a new age of accelerated growth, it must adopt a new strategic direction and policy orientation.
He said adoption of a new strategy was what the Federal Government sought to do through the National Development Plan 2021-2025, which was recently approved by the Federal Executive Council.
“In terms of strategic direction, the cornerstone of our strategy is boosting productivity by focusing on value addition as the guiding principle for all sectors, especially agriculture, manufacturing, solid minerals, digital services, tourism, hospitality, and entertainment.
“In agriculture, for example, just as we seek to increase production of rice, we are paying equal attention to other parts of the value chain such as storage, transportation, processing and marketing,’’ he said.
Osinbajo disclosed this at the Graduation Ceremony of Senior Executive Course 43, 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos.
The Vice President, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, said the Course 43 was graduating at probably the most consequential period in Nigeria’s history – a time of immense challenges but even more enormous opportunities.
Osinbajo urged graduands to promote Nigeria’s unity as their seminal policy work showed what could be done where the best Nigerian minds regardless of ethnicity or religion work together for the good of the nation and its peoples.
In his address, the acting Director General of NIPSS, Brig.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Udaya (rtd), said the institute was established in 1979 to serve as a high-level centre of reflection, research and dialogue.
The high points of the event were the presentation of certificates to 85 graduands by the Vice President and induction of the graduands into the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) by the AANI executive.