The Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria was the best of its kind in the ‘60s and ‘70s that Africa even boasted of the handful sources of administrative and academic brilliance, Plateau State Governor, His Excellency, Simon Bako Lalong, has said.
Governor Lalong made this known when he delivered a keynote address at an annual conference organised by the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on Thursday, 9th December, 2021.
The conference, “Tackling Corruption, Improving Security and Rebuilding the Economy of Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects”, took place at Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja.
Lalong was of the belief that the conference would stimulate discussion on national questions through dialogue, mutual respect and statesmanship.
Represented by Plateau State Commissioner of Education, Mr. Abey Aku, Governor Lalong said that Nigerian government had recorded remarkable achievements in the fight against corruption and that Nigerians were now more informed of the evils and consequences of corrupt practices.
He stated that the present administration in the country embarked on massive infrastructure development efforts such as roads, railways, bridges and ports among many others in order to rebuild the economy through public private partnership.
The governor, who said that such efforts were not without challenges, however stressed that there were prospects in the future.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Occasion, Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, CFR, stated that Nigeria owed a lot of obligations to its citizens as much as the citizens owed certain duties to the State.
Ahmed, who is the Ajiyan Katagum and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, explained that the security and welfare of people should be the primary purpose of government.
Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabiru Bala, stated that the Institute’s annual conference communique had shaped administrative and fiscal policy decisions in the country.
He said that this was to the extent that the Director of the Institute was not only the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration of the University, but also member, CBN Board of Directors.
In his address of welcome, the Institute’s Director, Prof. Siraj Barau Abdulkarim, said that the conference was one of key objectives of the University in promoting and sharing knowledge.
The Director also said that Northern Governors should be in the lead in the efforts towards disseminating knowledge in terms of tackling the insecurity and corruption.
Prof. Abdulkarim expressed appreciation to Governor Lalong, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, the Vice-Chancellor and all other individuals and organizations for their tremendous support to the Institute.
Public Affairs Directorate,
Office of the Vice-Chancellor,
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Sunday, 12th December, 2021