VP Osinbajo advocates more utilisation of Nigeria’s human resource

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says the country must be consistent in following up on its plans and policies, to enhance development.

He said this when he hosted members of the Nigerian Institute of Strategic Management, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We should be consistent, focused and follow up on our plans and policies. The great challenge we have is to stick to our plans and get things done,” he said.

The Vice President thanked the Institute for their ideas, which he said will shape the efforts and policies of government, going forward.

He however lamented the lack of capacity to fully implement previous plans, despite the human resources God has blessed the country with.

“We have in this nation extremely gifted men and women but what seems to be a problem is not the ability to develop plans but the capacity to get things done. We need to study in details what causes that lack of capacity,” The Vice President stated.

Strategic Plan

For its side, the Institute of Strategic Management-Nigeria pledged to offer useful advice to government, to help surmount some of the challenges that the nation is currently facing.

Speaking to Journalists, the immediate past President of the Institute, Dr Otive Igbuzor explained that they advised government on the need for a strategic plan for the country and how to successfully implement the change agenda if government.

“First we talked about the need for a comprehensive strategic plan that will help overcome the challenges that are facing the country. The second thing is how to implement the change agenda of this administration. As strategists we know that change is very complex. In fact from our studies, we have found out the over 70 percent of change agendas have failed across the world because of not being systematic about it and because of resistance to change and we don’t want that to happen to Nigeria,” Dr Igbuzor explained.

He said the need for value re-orientation cannot be overemphasized

“There is a need for a major move for value orientation because values affect believe and believes affect behavior. What we see in Nigeria today is a social degeneration of moral values and there is the need for moral rearmament,” he said.

He said the issues raised by the Institute were germane for this nation, as attested to by the Vice President.