Nigeria’s quest for an enduring democratic culture built on strong institutions would be the focal point during a two-day national conference organized by the Public Administration and Development Institute (PAMDI), which holds at Rock View Hotel, Abuja on June 11 and 12, 2015.
Distinguished scholars and seasoned technocrats are expected to share some thought-provoking insights on the importance of building strong institutions in the socio-political development of the country The Chairman Confluence Cable Network, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, will deliver the keynote address on the theme of the event – Building Strong Institution: A Necessity for Good Governance, Rule of Law, Transparency and Accountability.
Renowned administrator and former chairman of Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, will deliver a paper titled: Politics, Primordial Considerations – An Antithesis to Building Strong Institutions in Nigeria.
The Provost of the Department of Jurisprudence and Public Law, School of Law and Security Studies, Babcock University, Professor Zach Olomojobi, will speak on “Advancement of Good Governance in Nigeria, Reforms, Best Practices and Challenges”.
Legal luminary, Mr. Paul C. Ananaba (SAN) will present a paper on “The Law as Instrument of Change in an Emerging Economy and Democracy”. According to the organizers, the event which is the 3rd edition was packaged to bring together public and private sector actors to examine the inadequacies in the functions of vital democratic institutions in the country and proffer solutions on how to ensure optimal performances for growth and development.
The Director General of PAMDI, Dr. Elijah Ogbuokiri explained that the theme for the conference was inspired by the urgent need for a change in the orientation of public administrators and encourage transparency and accountability in governance.
“We advocate good governance through proper recognition and observation of the very ideals of democracy for the benefit of the people. It is not as if Nigeria cannot manage her democracy, but the functionality of the important institutions has been lacking.
Successive democratic regimes had development ideas but because the institutions that will drive them have been compromised one way or the other. The principle of the rule of law has been eroded, no transparency in the administration and implementation of policies.