By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso has tasked the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan to use its position as the country’s think tank to set agenda for national planning that would fast track the economic recovery.
Kwakwanso who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning made the call on Monday when he led members of the committee on an oversight tour of the institute.
While submitting that NISER has a lot of potentialities in formulating enduring policies that can positively transform Nigeria, Kwakwanso enjoined the Federal Government as well as States and Local Governments to take full advantage of the potentialities by making the best use of the research documents from the Institute.
He, however, enjoined NISER to come out of its cocoon and reach out to the government, parastatals, private sector and all other relevant organisations across the country.
Senator Kwakwanso specifically urged the management of NISER to step up efforts to ensure that the core mandate of the institute are not subjudiced just as he noted with concern that “there is a little bit of disconnect between NISER and some stakeholders, particularly the States across the country.”
He remarked that although NISER is underfunded, the Institute, if well managed, can be self-sustaining especially with its potentials notably the consultancy services.”
To this end, Kwakwanso advised NISER to keep its doors widely open to the public and private sectors by conducting development seminars for public office holders including the Federal and State legislators, members of the National and State Executives, and other public functionaries as well as operatives from the private sector.
“In addition, NISER can rise up to the challenges confronting the country by making is impact felt by stakeholders through new initiatives and reach out to Government, industrialists and such others,” he stated.