NIPR, Partners Present Report On Nigeria’s Developmental Challenges

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The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), in partnership with other state and non-state actors, has presented the Citizens Summit Report which proposes sustainable solutions to the nation’s developmental challenges.

The NIPR and its partners held a participatory citizen-led summit for National Integration, Peace, and Security in August 2022 with the theme ‘Reopen Conversations, Rebuild Trust’.

The report titled “Rebooting Nigeria: Reopen Conversation, Rebuild Trust,” was presented by Prof. Emmanuel Samu Dandaura on Tuesday in Abuja.

Rebooting Nigeria 2.0 identifies some of the critical areas facing Nigeria’s march towards nationhood and proposes the need to rethink and return to the nation’s founding principles based on universal truths.

Speaking during the presentation, the president and chairman of the council of the institute, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, said Rebooting Nigeria 2.0 provides possible pathways towards reinventing nationhood, reinvigorating the culture and practice of non-violent communication to drive citizen reorientation as well as engendering social and behavioral change needed for the country’s growth.

Sirajo said the report would be presented to governments at all levels and other stakeholders as the institute would continue to work hard with its partners and citizens to ensure the report is duly implemented across board.

He said, “It is also our hope that as the new administration in the country settles down with the business of governance, it will find this report useful, especially in policy formulation in the areas that the summit deliberated upon and made recommendations accordingly.

“There is no doubt that our nation is currently being confronted with some serious challenges at various levels and dimensions which the new administrations at both states and federal levels have inherited.

“We are particularly happy to note that some of the issues raised at the Summit and contained in this report are already being addressed – such as the protracted fuel subsidy debacle and unification of foreign exchange rate windows.

“However, we hope that the Government will quicken the process of putting in place the needed measures, to cushion the impact of the new petroleum products policy, especially in the area of public transportation for the citizens”. He concluded.

While highlighting the Citizen Summit Report, Prof. Samu Dandaura, said “Rebooting Nigeria derives from the understanding that governance is a system, which is driven by a carefully designed program akin to the computer system driven by an operating system”.

In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion and the Group Managing Director of Daar Communications Plc., Tony Akiotu, said “The report is an apt legacy that would help in resetting and winning back Nigeria as a nation that works for every citizen, where diversity is celebrated and dialogue is appreciated.”

The president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Chris Isiguzo, said the media would continue to set the agenda on the steps to reboot Nigeria.

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