President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja reiterated Federal Government’s determination to deliver the dividends of democracy to all Nigerians.
Buhari gave the assurance while declaring open the 2016 National Management Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) Chartered.
The theme of the conference is “Building a new Nigeria: Strategic options and policy imperatives’’.
President Buhari, who was by the Head of Civil Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, Buhari said “my administration is still committed to living up to my pre-election promises’’.
He listed such promises to include providing security, fighting corruption, generating employment and diversifying the economy.
“You will agree with me that a great nation is the reward of great leadership, built on good governance, this is our motivation and value proposition.
“My administration will, therefore, continue to fight corruption and associated social vices at all levels, until they are exterminated from our body polity,’’ Buhari said.
The President commended the conference’s theme, saying it was apt and relevant towards charting a new course and towards national reorientation.
He stated that to set Nigeria on the path of greatness and prosperity, complete elimination of all forms of corrupt practices must be paramount.
Buhari urged the Institute to ensure that its “code of conduct, which calls for selfless and corrupt-free practices and the employment of efficient and economical ways of doing things becomes a culture for all Nigerians’’.
This, he said, could be done through the Institute’s interaction and collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and other relevant agencies which would support the cause.
The Institute’s President, Prof. Munzali Jibril, said the need to build a new Nigeria was very imperative, non-negotiable and urgent.
He noted that the mismanagement of the nation’s resources had been the reason for its abysmal performance in all indices of development over the years.
“Real development eludes a nation which dissipates its resources on building strong individuals to the neglect of strong institutions.”
Jibril also said that to effectively kick-start the efforts of building a new Nigeria, the present fight against corruption must be vigorously pursued and sustained.
“Government must go beyond fishing out, prosecuting and punishing corrupt Nigerians, but tighten the system so that people cannot exploit it.
“More importantly, the present administration also has to go beyond fighting corruption to building fundamental institutions by empowering and equipping the anti-corruption agencies to make them more enduring.
“Now is the time for the nation to build a system that will discourage impunity, indiscipline, disorderliness, lack of planning and the penchant for policy somersaults.
“The country will also do itself a world of good through value re-orientation and attitudinal change, investing massively in building infrastructure and structures and equally restructure her institutions.’’
Jibril said enduring systems which would outlive individuals and governments should be put in place.
He emphasised the need to diversify the economy, adding that the resolve to turn to solid minerals and agriculture was a welcome development which should be encouraged.