The Director General National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NPSS), Kuru, Plateau State, Professor Habu Galadima has debunked the notion in certain quarters that the National Institute is a transit camp for civil servants about to be retired saying the graduands are useful in policy making both in and out of civil service and private sector.
Addressing newsmen as part of activities towards the graduation of Senior Executive Course 41 of the Institute slated for Saturday, Professor Galadima explained that there were quite a lot of participants who still have up to eight to ten years to their retirement from service adding that there were also many participants from private sector that were still active..
“The point is that everybody must retire some days, it is not true that it is a transit camp. We have a lot of Colonels, Commissioner of Police and top civil servants who still have up to 8 to 10 years in service. We also have quite a lot of people from the private sector that are still active.
“You must recognize that the training that the participants received from here cannot be retired. Even out of service they are still very relevant to the Policy development of this country. You cannot see an Mni that is tired and exhausted, all of them are still contributing to the governance process of this country in one capacity or the other,” he said.
He further disclosed that the products of the National Institute are of higher quality that cannot expire adding that they are useful to the country and contributing their best to the policy process of Nigeria.
The Director General who said the Institute recently clocked forty years pointed out that the National Institute played a crucial role in the development of National Security Strategic in 2014, establishment of Federal Roads Safety Corps adding that the National Institute also played active roles in the establishment of Amnesty Programme for the Niger Delta.
He said part of the mandate of National Institute is to assemble top level participants for Senior Executive Course drawn from security, law enforcement agencies, MDA, ministries, private sector and from all walks of life adding that they come together for 10 months for rigorous training, parts of which include research.
On the participants for Senior Executive Course 41 which will graduate on Saturday, Professor Galadima who said 66 participants enrolled for the course expressed optimism that Federal Government will find the recommendations of their research topic: “Funding Universal Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria” very useful.
According to him, the participants received lectures from high level experts both within and outside the country adding that they undertook a tour of 12 states in Nigeria and interactions with major stakeholders in those states that gave them an idea of funding challenges for the health sector.
“They visited strategic institutions here in Nigeria. They also undertook a study tour of some African countries. They went to Egypt, Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius and Morocco. They interacted with top level experts in this area. All these lessons enriched their recommendations,” he said.