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Institute calls for bottom-up policies to drive national development

By Ebele Onyekomelu
13 November 2021   |   2:42 am
The Institute of Planning Nigeria (IPN) has called on government at all levels in the country as well as stakeholders in the policy formulation and implementation processes

The Institute of Planning Nigeria (IPN) has called on government at all levels in the country as well as stakeholders in the policy formulation and implementation processes to pursue programmes that will engender sustainable development. 

This was the fallout of its two-day conference, which was held with the theme, ‘Nigeria’s post-pandemic Economy and Business Development – The Way Forward for Planners at National and Sub-national Level’ held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

In his welcome speech, the institute’s President, Dr. McCarthy Ijiebor, stressed the need for planners at the various cadres of national and subnational institutions to see their vocations as being pivotal to the success of Nigeria.

He commended some state and local council institutions that have deployed strategic planning tools and human resources to define the desired future and have begun implementing workable plans.

He, however, stressed that the country needed more at the national level.

While delivering the keynote address, Prof. Richard Mayungbe dwelt extensively on how the new world order would shape the way businesses and governance would be run going forward.

“The place of COVID-19 in this complex situation created a tough position in achieving seamless service delivery, customer satisfaction and by extension, adequate revenue for reward and recognition in most businesses,” he said.

In a communique issued at the end of the conference, the institute stated that because disasters were part of human endeavour, it was expected of humans to put in place policies and preventive actions to absorb whatever shock any break-out may pose.

They stated that the government needed to be up and doing in formulating policies and implementing them, stressing that the approach to be adopted should be bottom-up, where major policy inputs emanate from the populace whom the intending policies were meant to serve.

They said: “Just like what is obtainable in the West where examples are hurriedly cited, policymakers should learn to use policy instruments like a referendum, opinion polls etc. which reflects the government’s commitment to developing ‘homegrown’ solutions.

“Streamlining of agencies should continue to be non-negotiable as is observed by the current administration. This will help to reduce the burden on our yearly recurrent budget and channel resources to other sectors where they are better useful,” the communiqué added.