NIPSS Boss Seeks Legal Framework for Development Plan


The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies’ Director General, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, has attributed Nigeria’s developmental challenges to the lack of national priorities.

Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria with the themed, ‘’Resetting National Priorities: The Role of Strategic Management’’ in Abuja, Omotayo noted that the absence of a detailed framework has made political officeholders set different agenda by themselves for the country.

He added that anyone thinking privately or individually will not as one man, define national priorities; rather they would define the problems they are facing as national priorities.

He however urged the Federal Government to reference legal support for its national development plan in order to ensure its successful implementation.

His words: “The developmental challenges being faced by Nigeria stems from a lack of national priorities on the part of the political and strategic leaders. Whenever you have a national development plan, it should be a law.

“When we sit down and we define these things as our national development plan, it should be a lot unchangeable for the period that you expect the development plan to last.

“But do we have that as a priority to stay on course and say this is what we are going to do until the change comes? Everybody comes into the office and they personalise national agenda because most of the time when there is no guiding framework, personal objectives become national priorities.”

Prof. Omotayo listed the current challenges facing Nigeria as leadership, economic inequality, infrastructural deficit, corruption, and governance issues as well as security concerns due to unemployment; adding that resetting national priorities suggests an intense attack into the recalibration of Nigeria’s national building process.

“There was an urgent need for a strategic realignment of the country’s priorities, with particular emphasis on the pivotal role that strategic management can play in the transformation process.

“We face a myriad of challenges ranging from economic disparities, social unions, political complaints, all of which are called nation-building processes,” he added.










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