Vice President Kashim Shettima said Monday that the federal government, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has taken bold and courageous decisions that would change Nigeria’s economic fortune in the long run.
The Vice President said this when he received the management of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) led by the Commandant, Alhaji Ayodele Adeleke, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said the Tinubu administration was determined to bequeath a country that is firmly on the path of prosperity.
He said the present administration was determined to ensure youth empowerment and human capital development.
The Vice President commended NISSand members of the EIMC 16 for their efforts, stressing that the recommendations of the study align with the perspectives of the Tinubu administration, especially the “advocacy for investing in ICT and infrastructure development.”
“It is very apt, especially given the circumstances we have found ourselves in on the African continent. We are challenged from all angles – cyber-terrorism, human and drug trafficking, money laundering, transnational extremism and banditry, and the challenges of climate change,” he said.
On the need to diversify the economy away from oil, the Vice President said that in the next 20 to 30 years, oil may not be as valuable as it is today.
“Our only luck and happiness is that we are largely a gas nation. But our most important resource is our human capital which we need to harness.
“We have to invest in education. I believe that with the right infrastructure and qualitative leadership, we can transform this nation,” he said.
He said with the right leadership at all levels of governance, the country’s growing population can be harnessed and positively deployed to transform the economy.
“Let us create jobs, engage the youths; let us invest in their education. All these challenges of terrorism and banditry will be contained but the fundamental question is the quality of leadership,” he said.
Also speaking, the commandant of NISS Mr Ayodele S. Adeleke, thanked the President for his commitment to excellence and a sense of responsibility since he assumed office.
“The EIMC is a flagship programme of the institute, among other courses, aimed at impacting the requisite knowledge to participants to equip them with leadership skills to be able to address the dynamics of national and global security challenges in their respective countries as well as to foster inter-agency synergy and international cooperation,” he said.