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Yuguda backs governors’ Harvard MoU

… to receive PDP flag from Yar’Adua Saturday

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA — GOVERNOR of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda said, yesterday, that he was in total support of the Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) with the prestigious America Harvard University, just as he
stressed that there was the need for capacity building for governors as they are human beings.

Meanwhile, the governor stressed that arrangements have been concluded by him to formally receive the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday from its leader and President of the country, Umaru Yar’Adua.

Speaking with journalists, he said, “I believe in capacity building. I support the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Bukola Saraki for signing the MoU. If I am nominated to be part of the training, I will be there. We need to be improved upon, the governors are also human beings.

“I strongly support that people should go and learn, have an arrangement where facilitators can come to Nigeria as well not only at Harvard. We need to improve the quality of knowledge.

“There is a saying that if you think that education is expensive, try ignorance. We are living in a jet age. Management is dynamic. When you are elected as a governor, you are suppose to govern the state; all of us are prepared for the job and we need to add to our capacity. There is nothing like capacity building when it comes to management. So training and retraining is the secret to success depending on work environment.”

Yuguda, who was one of the governors that travelled outside the country for the MoU on capacity building with Professor Rotberg’s program at the Kennedy School of Government of the Harvard University, said the team was led by Saraki with the governors of Edo, Adams Oshiomhole and that of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, also in attendance.

It would be recalled that the MoU has been controversial just as the Edo State Governor, through his Chief Press Secretary, Kassim Afegbua, denied knowledge of any MoU with the Harvard University.

The NGF’s Director-General, Ashishana Bayo Okauru had,  at different fora, maintained a particular position that the MoU was signed.

He also said that the four-day visit to the United States by the group, and as led by Saraki, took them to Rotberg who is Director, Programme on Instra-state Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


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