FOR this purpose, the Institute, in addition to seminars and workshops on an ad hoc or continuing basis, conducts courses for top level participants with a view to expanding their outlook and perspective, and broadening their conceptual capacity and qualities of discernment and analysis.
The objective being to help improve their overall performance in their different fields of action. Participants in the Senior Executive Course are high ranking officials in the Federal and state public service (including the armed forces and other disciplined forces), the private sector, academia, and professional groups.
Since 1979, no fewer than 1,300 participants have graduated from the SEC programme at NIPSS. A directory of NIPSS alumni, who are automatic members of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) is, with due modesty, a Who’s Who in Nigeria .
Graduates of NIPSS include former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, the late Gen. Tunde Idiagbon, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe, Gen. David Jemibewon, among others. A number of first class traditional rulers today are also NIPSS graduates.
They are the Sultan of Sokoto, the Obi of Onitsha, the Emir of Gwandu, the Orodje of Okpe, and the Oba of Lagos earlier mentioned. Journalists and broadcasters have also attended the programme, as did Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, Ben Egbuna, who retired from the Voice of Nigeria; and the late Chris Okolie, publisher of NEWBREED magazine.
Furthermore, there are notable labour leaders who passed through the portals of the Institute: Ali Chiroma (SEC 5/1983), Lasisi Osunde (SEC 7/1985), Adams Oshiomhole (SEC 9/1987), and Issa Aremu SEC 27/2005).
Most recently, Prof Abubakar Rasheed attended SEC 30/2008, and was the Monitor General of the class. Today, he is the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano . Of recent, Dr. M. A. Kazaure of SEC27/2005 was appointed Executive Secretary of NBTE.
This is not to mention the numerous secretaries to state governments, heads of service as well as permanent secretaries at state and federal levels. Many alumni have equally served as ministers such as Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi and, at present, the Minister of Women Affairs and Minister of State Finance are members of AANI.
It is, therefore, preposterous and insulting to the intellect and accomplishments of these distinguished participants, and others not listed here, to assert that they are the products of a dumping ground. It is unthinkable that any one individual will go through a 10-month course and not pick up vital lessons that will guide him/her not only on the job but in life generally, so as to be a more productive citizen.
Besides the courses of instruction, seminars and excursions, every participant is required to submit a well researched thesis, as a condition for the award of the certificate of graduation. The list of projects written since 1979 is available on the website of the alumni association, www.aani.org. It is a treasure trove of information and ideas, and is freely available to those who are keen on advancing the fortunes of our society.
The research studies of members of the Alumni Association led to the following policy initiatives:
Creation of States – S. O Adesuyi (SEC2 /1980)
Establishment of NDLEA – Brig. A Rimi and CP Emuren (SEC3/1981)
Establishment of Culture Ministry – S. Olusola (SEC4/1982)
Establishment of DFFRI – M. C. Abubakar (SEC4/1982)
Establishment of OMPADEC – F. D. Ikegwuani (SEC5/1983)
Establishment of FRSC – CP A. R. Laleye (SEC6/1984)
Establishment of Ministry of Women Affairs – Mrs. A. Taire (SEC9/1987)
By Mr. Jani IBRAHIM is President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI).