Tunji Olaopa, a University of Ibadan trained political scientist, retired Federal Permanent Secretary, is a professor of public administration/public policy and Directing Staff at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Nigeria. A Fellow of the Institute for Strategic Management, Nigeria, he is a 2015 recipient of the Nigeria National Productivity Order of Merit Award, the 2018 University of Texas at Austin Thabo Mbeki Award for Public Service and Scholarship and the 2018 University of Ibadan 70th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award. He has authored over a dozen other books on governance and public service institutional reform.
The inauguration of NIPSS in Nigeria was a unique phenomenon not only because it was a government owned think tank, but essentially because it was one of its kind on the continent. The breath of its mission and objective, as well as the development vision that gave birth to it makes it a unique institutional embodiment of the determination that Africa needs to transform her predicament to possibilities. This volume is an exercise in institutional hope. NIPSS represents a trajectory of where Nigeria as a state is coming from and where it is headed. This book outlines the framework by which the possibility of NIPSS becoming a think-and-do tank—through a focused institutional reform—will also signal the capacity of the Nigerian state to achieve development and progress.
NIPSS: Conception, Operations and Framework for Repositioning constitutes a deep seminal attempt to benchmark NIPSS in the tapestry of African and global think tanks, all within a research objective to create perspectives that should serve as touchstone for NIPSS’ repositioning into a world-class institution. I sincerely hope this attempt will be a fundamental addition to the entire corpus of reform initiatives that the leadership of NIPSS and the Nigerian government has been incubating in their fervent desire to make NIPSS what it deserves to be—the ideational source for transforming Nigeria’s policy architecture in ways that will make the dividends of democratic governance available for qualitatively transforming the well-being of Nigerians.
—Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, PhD, former president of Nigeria and founder of NIPSS
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