Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and top financial professionals, will today meet in Abuja for a two-day brainstorming on blue-print to support the Federal Government’s efforts at restoring investor and public confidence in the nation’s economy.
The forum is holding under the auspices of the Ninth Annual Banking and Finance Conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) with the theme, “The Financial Services Industry Agenda for a New Nigeria.”
Sub-themes to address specific critical issues in the economy include “The imperative for National Rebirth for Economic Development: The Role of Nigerian Financial Services Sector”; “The Financial Services Sector and Security Challenges in Nigeria”; “Financing Infrastructural Development in the New era”; and “The Financial Services Sector and the Challenge of Corruption in Nigeria.”
Experts who would examine issues at the conference include President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase; Chief Executive Officer, Geometric Power and former Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji; Chairman, ICPC, Ekpo Nta; Executive Director, The Convention on Business Integrity, Soji Apampa; member, Monetary Policy Committee, CBN and Faculty member, Lagos Business School (LBS), Dr. Doyin Salami.
Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) withdraws diplomatic, official passports from ex-governors, ministers, senators
Nigerian Immigration Service has directed former Nigerian public office holders to immediately surrender official and diplomatic passports issued to them while they were in office.
Those affected by the directive include former governors, ministers, senators, members of the House of Representatives, and members of state Houses of Assembly. Others are former commissioners, former special advisers/special assistants, former chairmen/deputy chairmen of local government areas, all retired heads of parastatals and retired public servants.
“These categories of persons are hereby informed that these passports which were previously held by them have been revoked and should return them to the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters Sauka Abuja with immediate effect,” the Comptroller-General of the Immigration Service, Martin Abeshi, said in a statement Monday. “Failure to comply with this directive will amount to an offence under the Immigration Act 2015. Such unauthorized possession will be impounded at our control posts on arrival or departure.”
Capacity Building Programmes for Public Servants/Structured Mandatory Assessment-based Training Programme (SMAT-P) and Leadership Enhancement And Development Programme (LEAD-P)
President Buhari said attempts to revamp the civil service require great ingenuity, especially when the ethical values have been eroded. Buhari said the situation was made worse by the inability of the service to clearly articulate its mandate, following which it had earned a reputation for inefficiency, low productivity, corruption and insensitivity to the needs of the public it ought to serve with commitment.
The observations were made at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, at the launch of a progamme tagged, “Capacity Building Programmes for Public Servants/Structured Mandatory Assessment-based Training Programme (SMAT-P) and Leadership Enhancement And Development Programme (LEAD-P)”.
President Buhari was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The VP said “Many who mourn the decline of the civil service today from its days as ‘primus inter pares’ in the commonwealth to one which has earned a reputation for inefficiency, low productivity, corruption and insensitivity to the needs of the public fall into the error of thinking that the problem is poverty of ideas and capacity on the part of the civil service,”.
He said the problem was the inability to clearly articulate a vision and ensure that the service develops the required capacity to articulate and implement the various components of the vision.
Buhari said: “Here, we’re launching capacity building initiatives designed to strengthen the leadership at all levels in the service and build a new performance management system. But the fundamental questions are: ‘What is the ethos, the ethical and ideological world view that the service is to deliver? To what purpose do we deploy leadership skills and for what ends? How can we measure performance when the objective itself is unclear?
‘Without clear answers to these questions, the service will grope in the dark and take the government and people along with it on a blind-leading-the-blind voyage. So, what sort of country do we envision? We want to build a nation with the citizen as its reason for being and thus its sole focus and responsibility. The citizen regardless of status in life must be respected by the governing authorities and treated with dignity.’
He said the civil service must as a priority see itself as servants and facilitators of commerce and entrepreneurship, designing policies and removing obstacles to doing business in Nigeria.
“What are the crucial communications to make to the people in a season requiring sacrifice and perseverance on account of falling revenues or for that matter communicate the position that our anti-corruption, zero tolerance stand, is not merely a moral or ethical stand but a developmental construct that recognises that corruption, if not apprehended, will destroy all institutions, the economy and eventually our society?” he queried.
By Kede Aihie