Abuja (Vice President’s Office Report) – Nigeria’s Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo has said that the Institute of Directors, Nigeria (IoD) is a strong driving force for the entrenchment of good governance, transparency, fairness and justice in the country.
Mohammed Namadi Sambo stated this on Tuesday October 21, 2014 in Abuja when a high powered delegation of the IoD led by the President and Chairman of the Council, Eniola Fadayomi paid him a courtesy visit. He expressed appreciation for the support from the IoD in the execution of the tenets of the Transformation Agenda and also in the implementation of government’s public – private sector partnership initiative.
“We will continue to support you to see that you succeed in your good ventures as you ensure professionalism and development of the Directors in this country towards providing good governance, transparency, fairness and justice in the course of developing the country,” he said.
“Your activities and contributions have immensely paid towards these achievements, because the Directors are those leading all the economic and development plans both in the public and private sectors. Your services as an organisation are of great importance and essence to us in order that we may achieve our developmental plans and objectives.”
Sambo iterated that the administration has ensured effective and efficient corporate services delivery in the public sector, which needed strong and highly capable Directors. He also urged the IoD to ensure more engagements between Government and the Institute, particularly in the building of human resources in the three tiers of government. Vice President Sambo promised that the government would continue to support the Institute towards meeting its mandate and objectives as well engage members of the IoD in the implementation of government policies and initiatives.
In her remarks at the occasion, the President and Chairman of Council to the IoD, Eniola Fadayomi averred that their visit was to brief the Vice President on the forthcoming 2014 Annual Conference of the Institute scheduled to hold in Abuja on Thursday October 23, 2014 with the theme: “Imperatives of Good Governance in Promoting Investment Opportunities” and also to inform him about the launching of the IoD Register of Independent Directors.
Eniola inferred that their visit was to also seek the support of government in the training of Directors and Senior Civil Servants in Corporate Governance and Director Development as well as to urge government to encourage Directors to become members of the Institute. She commended President Goodluck Jonathan for effectively steering the Nigeria vessel in the right direction and also for his commitment to entrenching good governance in the public and private sectors of the country.
“The IoD was founded in 1983 as an affiliate of the Institute of Directors of UK. It focuses on the professional and developmental needs of Directors in the public and private sectors as well as business leaders and policy makers in the country. It is nationally accepted as the custodian of corporate governance and business ethics in the country. Its activities span all sectors of the economy with a network of over 110,000 members in both the public and private sectors in over 150 countries,” he disclosed.
Present at the meeting was the Head of Service of the Federation represented by the Permanent Secretary, Common Services in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Tope Ajakaiye; the First Vice President of IoD, Samuel Yemi Akeju; Second Vice President of IoD, Ahmed Rufai Mohammed and the Past President of IoD, Shettima Abba-Gana as well as Isaac Olusola Dada. Others were: the Director – General/Chief Executive Officer of IoD, Victor Banjo and the Chairman of the Abuja Branch of IoD, Edet Ekerendu (Dr) as well as the Honorary Legal Adviser of IoD, Chris Okunowo.
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