On Thursday 18th May 2017, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo signed three executive orders that will significantly reform public institutions in Nigeria. The executive orders will impact the ease of doing business, fast track budget submissions as well as promote made in Nigeria products. In doing this, a citizen focused public service provision approach has also been adopted to ensure implementation of the orders.
Nigeria’s foremost think-tank and advocacy organization, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), received an award for its long-standing achievement in facilitating Public-Private Dialogues (PPDs) in Nigeria. The award was presented to NESG at the 9th Public-Private Dialogue workshop, which held in Tunis from May 9-11, 2017 with representatives from over 26 countries across Africa, Europe, Middle East and North America in attendance. Jointly organized by the World Bank Group, Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat (UTICA) and the Confederation of Danish Industry, the workshop, themed: Public-Private Dialogue on Enterprise Development for Youth and Inclusion, explored how PPDs can elaborate integrated action plans to address enterprise development in competitive sectors, which result in youth, women or migrant employment.
Dr Tayo Aduloju, while receiving the award on behalf of the NESG thanked the organizers for specially recognizing the work of the NESG in advocating for a better Nigeria. He reiterated NESG’s commitment to advocating for better policies as well as their implementation and ensure more participation of youth in its advocacy efforts.
On the 24th of May, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group hosted 20 senior officers on a study tour from the Indian Armed Forces and Civil Services, currently undergoing a one year course at the National Defense College, New Delhi.
The main purpose of this tour was to familiarize the senior officials with aspects of foreign policy, political outlook, security challenges, socio-economic development and military capabilities of Nigeria and enable a better understanding. The impact of this tour would eventually be measured by the officers’ global perspective of the geo-strategic importance of Nigeria, as well as their grasp of Nigeria’s leadership role in West Africa and ECOWAS.
As this visit fosters existing bilateral cooperation, we hope that value is created by awareness of socio-economic imperatives, good governance, sustainable private sector-driven economic growth and development, and implementation of path-breaking initiatives by the Federal Government.