25 November 2012

Nigeria: Report On Insurgency Will Be Implemented - Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said Nigeria must remain as an indivisible entity for the well-being of all citizens.

The president said the report on insurgency in the country, recently produced by a think-tank, would be implemented by the Federal Government.

He lauded the pace at which peace is returning to Plateau State, saying the state will soon regain its pride as the "Home of Peace and Tourism."

The president made this commendation yesterday in his address at the 34th graduation ceremony of the senior executive course 34, 2012, of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, near Jos.

According to him, his appreciation goes to the government and people of Plateau State, the security agencies and non-governmental organisations that worked tirelessly to "get us to this moment," he stressed.

Jonathan, who was represented by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, said the goal of the founding fathers of NIPSS was for the institute to be the bastion of the nation-building and national development.

According to him, the idea of assembling senior executive course 34 not only from the civil profession, but also from the military, para- military and other security agencies every year for 10 months trainning, is indeed an inspired vision.

"As vice president and now president, I have been very closely associated with NIPSS. I am happy to note that over the years and especially recent times, NIPSS has made determined efforts to live up to its mandate. Our great nation, Nigeria and Nigerians must continue to strengthen the bond of unity that holds the country together."

Jonathan also added that recent meeting of eminent persons and experts on insurgency in the country, organised by the institute in collaboration with some international funding agencies, was being studied by the government to ensure its implementation.

He added that his administration was determined more than ever before to enthrone and sustain good governance, accountability, transparency and rule of law in Nigeria, saying credible elections were stepping stones for good governance, which his administration had made reasonable progress to achieve.

Jonathan promised to look into the problem of funding that has become a source of worry for the Institute and congratulated the participants as well as challenged them to realise that they had special stake in the stability and development of Nigeria.

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