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Ibadan Policy School Inaugurates Group for National Policy Development, Articulation

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) on Wednesday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, inaugurated a Public Policy Group (PPG) to identify, research, analyze and present result-oriented policy recommendations to assist government at all levels in Nigeria.

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The 32-member multidisciplinary PPG, which would be headed by Prof. Ademola Oyejide, was inaugurated at the ISGPP office at Bodija, Ibadan.

While speaking at the inauguration of the new Think Tank, the Chairman of ISGPP Board, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, said the inauguration has come at the right time given the present situation in the country.

Mabogunje said there was clearly a glaring need for government and all stakeholders in the socio-economic development to prioritize on areas requiring attention for policy development and articulation.

“It is necessary for the group to visit the seeming dissonance between policy to stimulate the growth and expansion of the real economy.

“This will be through a low interest rate policy and prevailing policy of the Central Bank to concentrate on price stability and curbing inflation through persistent high interest rate, ” he said.

He emphasised that policy development must go beyond mere formulation to paying particular attention to strategies of implementation.

Prof. Mabogunje said the media have a critical role to play in interrogating policy-making and implementation

Also in a remark, former Federal Permanent Secretary and the Executive Vice-Chairman of ISGPP, Dr Tunji Olaopa, said the group was expected to play a major role in the reconfiguration of the policy architecture in Nigeria through high calibre policy interventions and discourses.

Olaopa said the level of policy intelligence in the country was very low, saying there was so much display of passion without knowledge.

He said the emergence of ISGPP as an independent organisation was concerned with getting government to work better for democratic governance and development from the perspective of policy intelligence.

“The ISGPP hopes to leverage the twin instrument of research and executive education, by converging on existing community of scholars and practitioners.

“They will intervene in Nigeria’s policy environment with the goal of facilitating creative responses to the development predicament in Nigeria,” he said.

Olaopa spoke of the school’s true objective of rethinking the policy environment in a manner that will provide the needed incentive to make Nigeria work better.

While speaking, the Chairman of PPG, Prof. Oyejide, said that the group would provide leadership in terms of determining both the broad areas and specific policy issues.

He said PPG would play less central but critical role in the areas of communication, dialogue and advocacy.

Oyejide listed the PPG’s research programme areas as governance, politics, public integrity, fiscal federalism, exploitation of natural resources, national security and Defence.

The professor of economics also included education, science and technology, economic development and growth, management of economic fluctuations, social development, climate and environment, likewise international affairs.

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