By Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

The Director-General, Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria (ICPAN), Dr Vitalis Onah, has said that the Institute has created six zonal offices in the country in order to provide employment for Nigerians.
This is as the Institute has conferred Doctoral honours on seven of its members and Fellowship awards on nine others.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the Institute’s 2018 National Conference and conferment of professional fellowship on some members on Sunday in Abuja, Onah said that the institute created the zonal offices in the country in order to employ Nigerians and to help in its little way to solve the lingering problem of unemployment in the country.

According to him, “The zonal offices are South-south, South-west, South-east, North-central, North-west and North-east regions respectively.”

He added that each of these regions have a regional coordinator and state coordinators working for the progress of the Institute.

“This is done to ensure that all Nigerians are carried along for the purpose of creating more jobs for the unemployed Nigerians.

“And to assist President Muhammad Buhari-led administration in the goal of job creation for the teeming population,” he said.

Similarly, Prof. Damian Opata, the National Vice-President of ICPAN, noted that the institute was conscious of the critical role corporate and public administrators play in the governance of organisations.

He stressed that ICPAN is committed to the provision of efficient, professional, public and corporate administrators in Nigeria.

“I therefore want to commend and congratulate those who are been inducted into this institute today,” Opata said.

Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the ‘Doctoral Fellowship’, Dr Christopher Emefiele, said that the doctoral honour would engineer him to start a new chapter in his life.

According to Emefiele, the conferment of the honour on him will encourage him and others to work harder, as hard work usually pays.

“I urge Nigerians to be determined in the pursuit of their goals of life, determination together with hard work will bring a lot of things to them,” he said.

Another member, who was conferred with a Fellowship award, Prof. George Odabi, said he felt honoured with the conferment.

Odabi called on every Nigerian to play their role to make the country great.

“Everybody has a role to play to make Nigeria different and make it a better place. We must make sure we elect competent leaders in the forthcoming elections.

“Most Nigerians shy away from politics and that is why the system has been hijacked by incompetent people,” he said.

Odabi also called on Nigerians to pursue education, adding that it is the bedrock for any country to achieve its desired greatness.