Hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment, a must for Nige­ria’s de­vel­op­ment – Kuru

Business a.m. - - FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Ades­ola Afo­labi

AHMED LA WAN KURU, manag­ing direc­tor/chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, As­set Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Nige­ria (AMCON) has re­it­er­ated the need for the gov­ern­ment and in­sti­tu­tions at all lev­els to pay more at­ten­tion to hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment, which he de­scribed as the key to the par­a­digm shift the coun­try is clam­or­ing for.

Kuru who was spe­cial guest of hon­our at the 2018 edi­tion of the an­nual Pres­i­den­tial Din­ner for the grad­u­at­ing Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Course 40 Par­tic­i­pants of the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Pol­icy and Strate­gic Stud­ies, or­ga­nized by the Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion of the Na­tional In­sti­tute (AANI), said no coun­try in the world has been able to at­tain change with­out a strat­egy that sup­ports con­sis­tent in­vest­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of its hu­man cap­i­tal.

He said, “It is not easy to have a par­a­digm shift in two, three or even eight years the way most of us are de­mand­ing for change in this coun­try. In­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ments at all lev­els must en­sure con­sis­tent and sus­tained in­vest­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of hu­man cap­i­tal, which in turn will grad­u­ally change the nar­ra­tives of de­vel­op­ment in our dear coun­try. I be­lieve the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Pol­icy and Strate­gic Stud­ies is strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned to achieve this be­cause of the cal­iber of peo­ple that are priv­i­leged to at­tend the course.

“To achieve that how­ever, we must in­vest in re­search es­pe­cially in the area of ed­u­ca­tion. So if we must have a coun­try of our dream, we must in­vest and de­velop our hu­man cap­i­tal but above all, we have to crit­i­cally study those pol­icy de­ci­sions that brought us where we are to­day as a na­tion and strive to cor­rect wher­ever we may have made mis­takes. How­ever, we can­not achieve any of these if we are not pa­tri­otic cit­i­zens.”

The AMCON boss ar­gued that his in­ter­ac­tion with the cream of the Nige­rian pub­lic sec­tor in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary, po­lice, bank­ing, labour and other strate­gic in­sti­tu­tions, has re­vealed that, mem­bers of the Na­tional In­sti­tute, have oc­cu­pied en­vi­able po­si­tions of heads of state, gover­nors, se­na­tors, min­is­ters, cap­tain of in­dus­tries and head of tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tions amongst oth­ers meant that they have the pow­ers to make the de­sired changes in the coun­try.

“This role no doubt sig­ni­fies how im­por­tant the so­ci­ety views each and ev­ery one of you. It is there­fore in­cum­bent on you to de­mon­strate high sense of lead­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity that is de­void of any form of parochial­ism and sen­ti­ment. The fast pace of change and na­tional de­vel­op­ment in coun­tries across the world, es­pe­cially in past decades, has been driven by a par­a­digm shift to­wards think­ing glob­ally and act­ing lo­cally. Suc­cess­ful na­tional growth and de­vel­op­ment have there­fore been ac­com­plished un­der in­her­ently deft, vi­sion­ary and peo­ple ori­ented na­tional poli­cies and strate­gies.

“As you are well aware, the Na­tional In­sti­tute was con­ceived as a high-level in­sti­tute with the pri­mary ob­jec­tives of serv­ing as the na­tion’s fore­most pol­icy think-tank, de­vel­op­ing top­class tech­nocrats of high in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity like you who are ex­pected to con­cep­tu­alise and lead the im­ple­men­ta­tion of dy­namic pol­icy ini­tia­tives and strate­gies for na­tional de­vel­op­ment. This nar­ra­tive there­fore put a heavy bur­den on you to sus­tain the mo­men­tum by im­pact­ing pos­i­tively to­wards a bet­ter so­ci­ety,” Kuru added.

This role no doubt sig­ni­fies how im­por­tant the so­ci­ety views each and ev­ery one of you


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