NIPSS Congratulates Ugwuanyi on ‘Most Labour-Friendly Governor” Award
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on the recent award he received from workers as the “Most Labour-friendly Governor” in the history of the state.
The institute also described the governor’s award, which the workers of the state said was in recognition of his administration’s development strides, transparency, and commitment to their welfare, despite the severe economic situation in the country, as worthy and commendable.
Speaking, the acting Director-General of NIPSS, Mr. Jonathan Juma, mni, who led a delegation of members of Study Group one of Senior Executive Course No. 39, 2017, to the Government House, Enugu on a courtesy visit to the governor, stated that they were in Enugu State to undertake a one-week local study tour of the state in line with the aims and objectives of the institute.
Mr. Juma said that the aim of the courtesy visit was to inform the governor of the tour and the theme of the research, which is “Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Development of Agriculture and Agro-allied Industries in Nigeria”, as well as seek his consent to undertake a study tour of the state.
The acting DG noted that “the choice of Enugu State was informed by its huge agricultural potentials and the prospects for a vibrant agro-allied sector”, adding that the two areas offer viable employment generation and wealth creation possibilities, if properly harnessed.
“We believe the participants would have the opportunity to gather data from relevant government establishments as well as private institutions and organizations in the state on the theme. The data would serve as vital inputs to propose appropriate policy recommendations to the government”, the acting DG said.
In his response, Gov. Ugwuanyi who welcomed the delegation to the state, emphasized the importance of science, technology and innovation as effective springboards for the rapid development and economic growth of the country in particular and the society in general, especially “as we desperately seek new sources of wealth to counter our overdependence on oil revenue as well as the severe economic difficulties that it has brought upon us”.
While commending the institute for its insight and wisdom towards the study tour at this moment of economic recession, the governor disclosed that his administration had “embarked on initiatives and programmes aimed at creating greater awareness, promoting innovations and attracting investments that would facilitate the exploitation of the vast agricultural, technological and industrial potentials of the state”.