By Oluwafunke Ishola
Lagos – Prof. Olukunle Iyanda, President, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), has urged the Federal Government to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit, security issues and policy inconsistency.
Iyanda said at a media briefing on Wednesday in Lagos that these were the root causes of unemployment in the country.
“To lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty is possible, but we need to adopt the right policies, focus more on people than on politicians and be less partisan.
“If you want to lift people out of poverty, do not give them money, but empower them with jobs.
“The only way to create jobs is to be productive and you cannot be productive without electricity and good roads,” Iyanda said.
The expert said that the country should adopt a structure that would allow each constituency unit to adopt its peculiarities without compromising national interest.
Iyanda urged the government to invest more in building the education and knowledge capacity of citizens, demonetise politics toward attracting credible people with national interests into the governance space.
He said that doing this would address issues of ethnicity, disharmony, suspicions, unrest and insecurity that had affected development of the country.
Iyanda said that the institute, as part of its contribution to nation building, would hold national management conference with the theme: “Managing the Challenges of Democracy”.
He said the conference slated for Sept. 16 to Sept. 17 in Abuja, would proffer various solutions to improving Nigeria’s democracy and making it impact more on citizen’s welfare.
According to him, the conference will converge over three thousand participants from the private and public sectors of the economy.
He said that at the end of the conference, the institute would send a position paper to the government to help in tackling the challenges of governance. (NAN)