...bags IPAN Fellowship

As the country steadily glides out of recession, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has stressed the need for transparency, accountability as well as effective leadership as part of measures towards stimulating the Nigerian economy for sustainable development.

Prof. Ambali stated this in his address at the 17th Annual Conference of the Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (IPAN) at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, penultimate Thursday (August 24, 2017)

In his address, entitled “Roaring out of Recession: Challenges and Strategic Approaches to Sustainable Development”, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented on the occasion by the Ag. Head of the Department of Public Administration, University of Ilorin, Dr. Osezua Ehiyamen, identified effective leadership, organizational restructuring, government participation and strict adherence to corporate governance as some measures towards bypassing recession and attaining sustainable development.

Prof. Ambali, who was also conferred with the Institute's Fellowship award for his landmark achievements and administrative strides, said, “In times of economic recession, it takes effective leadership across all spheres to roar out of recession by initiating, implementing and evaluating strategies developed to curb recession”. He pointed out that such leadership must be “characterized by transparency, accountability, the courage to effect necessary changes, sacrifice and incremental changes.”

While noting that the recent downturn in the economy is having negative effects on engagement levels, the Vice-Chancellor further pointed out that government intervention was crucial through the initiation of policies and programmes that can help in stimulating the economy from recession. 

He explained that “while engaged employees will not make the recession disappear, they will certainly help companies get through it with far more success than would otherwise be possible”, stressing that government involvement is essential in combating the problems of global economic downturn if sustainable development must be reached.”

According to Prof. Ambali, “To overcome this crisis, human resource practitioners need to be more strategic and need to support their engaged employees”.

The Vice-Chancellor stated further, “Corporate governance should be taken as a religious order without compromise. Most of the organisations that led to the escalation of recession and those that went down were attributed to failure in corporate governance. Corporate governance emphasizes those things that the occupiers of all levels of management should do to ensure the growth and survival, while at the same time withstand the vagaries of business organizations and also to satisfy the yearnings of all stakeholders”.