Academy of Management sets agenda for Buhari
FOR sustainable growth and rapid economic development, a body of reputable scholars, the Academy of Management Nigeria, has rolled out series of agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari.
At its 9th yearly conference held at the University of Benin, the association, among other recommendations, noted that a corrupt-free society should be entrenched, through mustering strong political will to fish out and punish offenders irrespective of their affiliations and status in society.
The body in a statement jointly signed by its President, Prof. Barnabas Agbonifoh, and the Publicity Secretary, Dr. Edith Odia, noted that higher educational institutions in Nigeria should develop and implement curricula that are relevant to the Nigerian economy, ecology and the society as a strategy for ensuring sustainable development.
It went further to recommend that national and corporate leaders and decision makers should leverage on lCT competencies in creating a knowledge-driven society for sustainable development.
According to the association, for sustainable development to be attained in Nigeria, both the government and private sectors should take appropriate steps toward diversifying the Nigerian economy in order to protect the system from the vulnerability of mono-culturism.
It noted, “To promote sustainable development, government should provide fiscal and other policy support for organizations that promote or are engaged in sustainable production and consumption.
“Emphasis should not only be on seeking alternatives to oil in Nigeria’s economy but government should focus more on how to effectively manage whatever resources the country is blessed with.
“Government should increase budgetary allocations for education as a deliberate strategy for promoting sustainable development in Nigeria.”
It went further to advice that given the high level of stressors in the Nigerian work environment, the attainment of sustainable development would be a mirage if the attendant stressors were not properly identified and managed.
“Research and development functions of organisations should institute specific talent management programmes whereby strategic skills can be identified, developed and utilised to achieve high resilient capacity for sustainable development.
“To achieve sustainable development, government should leverage on the abundant management-oriented skills that are found in the Academy of Management Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the Academy also elected new executive committee members to run the affairs of the body for the next two years.
Professor Barnabas Agbonifoh of the University of Benin was elected President while Professor Bamidele Adepoju of Bayero University, Kano and Dr Mande Samaila of the National Open University, Lagos emerged as Vice President and National Secretary respectively.
Others are Professor E. J. Okereke, University of Port Harcourt (Treasurer), Professor (Rev.) Anayo Nkamnebe, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (Editor-in-Chief), Dr. (Mrs) Edith Odia, University of Benin (Publicity Secretary), Dr Chinedu Ogbuji, University of Port Harcourt (Business Editor) and Professor B. E. A. Oghojafor, University of Lagos (Ex-Officio Member).