By Johnson Eyiangho
The Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), said it would soon convene a national dialogue as part of efforts aimed at tackling “the prevailing tension and divisiveness” in the country.
National President of the association, retired Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar said this at a dinner organised for participants of “Senior Executive Course 43 2021’’ of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
Abubakar said the dialogue would seek to establish the measure of impact such social tension and divisiveness has had on the unity and development of the country.
“We believe the proposed dialogue will give AANI the opportunity to take a dispassionate look at the situation in Nigeria.
“This is with a view to proffering solutions that would bring greater unity, stability, and harmony in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Abubakar added that the association would continue to sensitise various stakeholders, including politicians, professional groups, and youths, and build their capacity to enable them to take responsibility in promoting accountability and good governance.
“Since its inception in 1979, the association has hosted several conferences, seminars, and capacity building initiatives towards the attainment of its objectives.’’
In a remark, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, who was the special guest at the dinner, said the state held the national institute in “high esteem’’.
“It is for this reason that the state partnered with the institute in the construction of accommodation for the executive participants,’’ he said, adding that the block of four flats would soon be completed.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, congratulated the participants.
Dr Abdullahi Audi, the Commandant-General, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who chaired the occasion, described NIPSS as the highest think-tank policy institute in the country, given that it turns out policy strategists for the nation every year.
Audi, an alumnus of NIPSS, called on the participants of Course 43 to contribute their quota towards building the country.