By Chioma OBINNA
Nigerian professionals have been challenged over continued dependence on foreign research works as the country may benefit little or nothing from the current trend.
Challenging the 22 registered professional associations in Lagos State during the Investiture ceremony of Lagos State Chapter of Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, APBN, last week, the new Chairman of Association, Alhaji Rahmoni Adewale Adeyemi urged the members to maintain integration of educational plans and policies with broader development plans and strategies.
“The country cannot benefit fully from research done elsewhere – at international research centres for example without research capacities to adapt new technologies to its own environmental, social and economic. The experiences of skills improvement programmes for professional managers assist them to acquire courses for technical and management improvement for the enhancement of productivity.”
He affirmed that the body would continue to mediate in time of crisis like they did between the Nigeria Medical Association and the Lagos State Government. “I shall coordinate the interactions among members and relationship, further inter-professional relationship and inter-sectoral harmony and our relevance to nation building with special focus on Lagos state.
To be proactive on pertinent contemporary issues and shall always attempt to positively influence government policy formulations and implementations amongst others,” he noted.
Earlier, the out going President, Mr. Segun Ajnlekoko stated that the APBN would continue to provide a platform of Nigerian professionals to attain high level performance in the bid to fulfill the social contract between the professions and society as well as to enhance and galvanise the growth and development of the country.
Noting that the nation was presently in need of credible leadership for direction, good governance, he called on government at all levels to make greater use of Nigerian professionals to deliver people-friendly programmes.