President of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Mr Nelson Uwaga, on Thursday advised the Federal Government to intensify efforts at exploring more solid minerals to enhance the nation’s economic growth.
Uwaga, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said that such effort would also help to create jobs and curtail insecurity.
“Government should intensify efforts to diversify the economy by exploiting solid minerals that can be found in every part of this country.
“If adequate attention is given to developing the solid minerals, the multiplier effects cannot be quantified.
“It will enhance job creation for the youths, promote economic growth and curb insecurity,” he said.
“We have a larger percentage of Nigerians who are youths and they need to be gainfully employed when they graduate from school so that their energies can be channeled to positive engagements,” he added.
Uwaga called for unity in the country, advising that people should relate with others around the country.
According to him, NIM is committed to creating unity across the country.
“We need to imbibe the spirit of accommodating each other, particularly at this time when the country is faced with security challenges.
“We at NIM, try to encourage and build bridges and consensus among Nigerians, and we do not recognise place of origin but place of residence,” he said.
The institute’s president affirmed that the organization was committed to producing competent managers in the country.
“The NIM has been making efforts to inculcate the art of competent management of the abundant human and material resources that God has blessed us with.
“We also encourage Nigerians to support the government and the Armed Forces to tackle our present challenges so that the country can make meaningful progress.
“Government should also understand that force alone is not enough; the option of dialogue should be explored to tackle insurgency.
“Government should also ensure justice and fairness among all citizens at all times,’’ he said. (NAN)