By Marie-Therese Nanlong
JOS—The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated that no nation can make any meaningful progress without supporting its research-based institutions.
According to him, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will not relent in its efforts at repositioning research institutes to contribute meaningfully to the growth of Nigeria.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this yesterday at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, near Jos, while commissioning a multimillion Naira research complex donated to the Institute by the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC.
Osinbajo, who was represented by a Director in his office, Mr. Ibrahim Yabani, noted that the founding fathers of the Institute established it to be a citadel for public policy research and analysis as well as proffer sound advice to help government make informed choices about urgent and strategic issues of domestic and international concerns.
He said the office complex would provide a conducive environment that would engender high productivity among research fellows, adding that the outcome of research works in the Institute, arising from the donation of the complex, would positively impact on security, wealth creation, employment generation and poverty alleviation of Nigerians.
He called on the participants to make use of the complex and engage in pragmatic public policies that would accelerate the socio-economic development of the country.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of NDIC, Mr. Umaru Ibrahim, said the NDIC Board and management had identified the infrastructure needs of the national institute, hence the decision to donate the complex as a practical demonstration of NDIC’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and manifestation of a true partner in progress.
The NDIC boss also stated that the corporation was in full support of the ongoing single account treasury being pushed by the federal govern