The Nigerian Institute of Social & Economic Research (NISER) hosted the newly appointed members of its governing council at an inaugural meeting which took place on May 10 and 11, 2023. The two-day meeting afforded council members opportunity to visit the NISER campus, and to interact with members of management in the institute.
President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the appointment of members of the NISER Governing Council on January 10, 2023. The council was then inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of State for Budget & National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, on February 14, 2023.
NISER’s governing council is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Imafidon and has 11 other members including Prof Antonia Taiye Simbine (the DG NISER), Prince Adeyemi Adeniran (the Statistician-General of the Federation), Prof Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka (Senior Special Advisor to the Africa Development Bank President), and Dr Hauwa Ibrahim. Others are Alhaji Sabiu Zakari, Prof. Benedict Akanegbu, Alhaji Kalli Gazali, Mrs Felicia Onibon, Mrs Olabisi Lawal (representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment), Mr Felix Okonkwo (Director Macro at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning) and Dr. Mike Adebiyi (Director of Research at the Central Bank of Nigeria).
At the Council-Management parley, Dr Imafidon noted that accountability would be the watchword for the council members, and enjoined management members to follow this same route.
NISER is Nigeria’s premier policy think tank, established to support government policy and decision making on socioeconomic issues in Nigeria, using evidence emanating from its research output. It is expected that the Council will provide oversight and valuable support which will help NISER to better achieve its mandate.