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REFLECTIONS — REVISITING THE 2001 KURU DECLARATION – AN AGENDA FOR DEVELOPMENT

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REFLECTIONS — REVISITING THE 2001 KURU DECLARATION – AN AGENDA FOR DEVELOPMENT This piece is published as a reflection.  Most times, it is necessary to visit the past for the purpose of shaping the future. One or two things done well in the past could influence our tomorrow. More importantly, broadening our horizon periodically has a salutary effect on our development plans and makes us avoid where others failed or succeeded in the past. The 2001 ‘KURU DECLARATION’’  embodies the vision of the Nigerian Government as: ‘’Building a truly great African democratic country, politically united, integrated and stable, economically prosperous, socially organized, with equal opportunities for all, and responsibility from all, to become the catalyst of (African) Renaissance, and making adequate all-embracing contributions sub-regionally, regionally and globally”. Furthermore, government is working strenuously to “create a Nigeria that Nigerians will be proud to belong to and grateful to inhabit; a Nigeria that rewards hard work, protects its people and their property and offer its children better prospects than those they may be tempted to seek in Europe or the United-States. All citizens, regardless of gender, race, religion or politics, should feel that they have a stake in Nigeria’s future and that their loyalty and diligence will be rewarded.’’ The KURU DECLARATION evolved from the fourth retreat for Ministers and Permanent Secretaries at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State,  between February 23 and 25, 2001; and was coordinated from the ‘’Power House’’ (my own personal description of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. At that very memorable event, the participants comprising well-grounded technocrats and bureaucrats, including serving Hon. Ministers of the Federal Republic, Permanent Secretaries, a few diplomats and resource persons in the category of our esteemed and invaluable Prof. Akin Mabogunje converged on Kuru to brainstorm on the way forward for Nigeria in terms of policy directives and implementation. A New National Ideology tagged: ‘KURU DECLARATION’ was adopted as an agenda for development. This recall is merely for the purpose of refreshing our minds. The participants who gathered at the event  agreed that: We subscribe to the New National Ideology, which is, to build a truly great African democratic country, politically united, integrated and stable, economically prosperous, socially organised, with equal opportunity for all, and responsibility from all, to become the catalyst of Black Renaissance, and making adequate all-embracing contributions,…

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