Abuja — President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has commended the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) Chartered, saying it demonstrated commitment to Nigeria's development by promoting the culture of management.
Yar'Adua, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, said this yesterdayin Abuja at NIM's Annual National Management Conference, tagged:" Managing Post Petroleum Nigeria: The Critical Imperatives".
The President stressed the need to redefine the nation's priorities and refocus management paractices which, he believes, the conference would provide the needed orientation for.
Distinguished Nigerians who were conferred with fellowship of NIM include President Umaru Yar'Adua, the governor of Ogun State, Engr. Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Head of Service, Edo State, Dr. Simon O. Imoue Kemhe, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Chief Alaibe Ndutimi Alaibe, and the Post Master General of the Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Muri Baba among others.
Speaking with journalists after the conferment, the Ogun State governor said the honour would motivate him to sponsor more people to attain management professionalism.
He noted that the state has done much in terms of education, and infrastructural development.
"Ogun State has done well in terms of contribution to national development in all ramifications," he stressed.
In his welcome address, the president and chairman of the council, NIM, Sir Peter O. Edeoghon, said the theme of the 2009 conference was chosen to afford Nigerian managers the platform to discuss and devise strategies for re-energising the Nigerian economy.
The president expressed hope that the conference would stimulate the clarity of vision, necessary to release the country from the stranglehold that a mono-product economy imposes.
"My position on the Nigerian economy is that as long as we depend on petroleum sector for the bulk of our national earning, our economy will be susceptible to both international-induced and locally-adapted economic crisis," he stressed.