The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Policy Development and Analysis, Ibrahim Bapetel has disclosed that the 2nd National Policy Development Summit, NPOD, will deliberate on the targets and implications of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Next Level Agenda.
Mr Bapetel, through a statement signed on Tuesday by the Summit’s spokesman, Alkasim Abdulkadir, said the summit which is scheduled to take place on Thursday in Abuja will assist in proffering solutions on the Next Level agenda, especially President Buhari’s directive to life 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next ten years.
According to Mr Bapetel, the summit will come under the theme: ‘Actualizing the Change Agenda: Prospects and anticipated Challenges’.
The statement also quoted Mr Bapetel as saying that “the summit will continue in the tradition that interrogates strategies and prospects of our development as a nation, in the context of the Change Agenda.
“At this Summit we will rely on the strength of your ideas to identify the challenges that may likely affect the actualization of the Next Level Agenda; and also generate inputs that will assist Government to stay focused in the next four years.”
The spokesman noted that the Summit will witness the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as some key stakeholders and institutions who will be identifying failure factors that might likely imped the actualization of the Next Level Agenda and tackle them appropriately to ensure fruition and efficient impacts.
The statement added that the occasion is expected to record critical deliberations and discourses on the strategies, prospects, and challenges encountered in achieving success in the afore-envisioned Next Level Agenda.
“The N-POD Summit will focus on interrogating strategies and prospects thereby facilitating interactions among stakeholders, with a view to generate new ideas that will help strengthen Government’s polices.
“Discusses and deliberations at the NPOD Summit will highlight the issues surrounding socioeconomic development, infrastructural advancements, challenges of funding and lending to the real sector of the economy, as well as the absorptive capacity of the economy.”
Some of the distinguished Speakers are the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir S. Magashi; the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi; and the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Abdullahi Jami.
Other notable and professional authorities participating in the discussion may also include a retired group-captain, Sadeeq Shehu who is an Adjunct Professor at the National Defense College, Abuja; Prof. Olajide Oladipo, Professor of Economics, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies; Prof. Nazifi Abdullahi Dama; Professor of Economics, University of Abuja and Dr. Harriet Nkechi Akubuiro, President of the Chattered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria and Ekerete Gam-Ikon, an Insurance Expert.