President Muhammadu Buhari said the federal government has not relented in its resolve to ensure that it delivers the dividends of democracy to Nigerians through good governance, especially in the areas of providing security, fighting corruption, employment generation and diversification of the economy.
The President, who was represented by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, made the disclosure at the 2016 Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), annual conference in Abuja.
PMB, who admitted that the Nigerian project is presently facing challenges on every facet of the society, pledged to get the economy out of the woods, and noted that the solutions to these challenges must be fast tracked to get the economy up and running again.
Speaking on the theme, of this year’s national management conference, “Building a new Nigeria: strategic options and policy”, the president said it was apt and relevant towards charting a new course and national reorientation because of the present state of affairs in the country.
He, however commended the contributions and support of the NIM towards national development and the professionalism it has demonstrated in the areas of public policy advocacy and other programmes on topical issues affecting Nigeria.
In his remarks, the president of NIM, Prof. Munzali Jibril, blamed past leaders for the mismanagement of the nation’s resources, adding, that this has accounted for the low development indices over the years.
While, blaming the present challenges of the economy on over dependence on oil, he said Nigeria has only succeeded in building strong individuals and weak institutions.
He said: “As the world’s seventh largest producer of oil, the nation had earned stupendous income (trillions of dollars) from the resource and, therefore, has no business being poor and underdeveloped.”
While advocating for the diversification of the economy, he called on members of the institute to do away with avarice, self aggrandizement, contract splitting and over invoicing, greed and other vices that are common place in the work place.