The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) has sought the support of House of Representatives to amend the law that established it.
Prof. Ayo Omotayo, the Director-General, NIPSS led the delegation of member of staff to the Speaker of the House of Reps, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in Abuja to make the request.
Omotayo said that there was the need for improved funding for NIPSS, adding that it was important to bring the Speaker’s attention to NIPSS and give it the attention it deserved.
He said that there were challenges confronting the institute, adding that NIPSS was supposed to make policies for the country by carrying out researches and make recommendations to all institutions of government.
“I will be deceiving myself to say all is well with NIPSS which was established to take Nigeria to the requisite place, though we are doing all our best to execute the mandate for which it was set up.
He said considering the level of works NIPSS had done, it needed to be able to retain best brain, adding that, for the some years NIPSS had lost best brain due to poor remuneration.
“You need to help us do more in term of what we get, the funding is too poor, we believe when we seek help, we will get the needed help.”
Responding, Gbajabiamila commended NIPSS for the work it had been doing, adding that there was need for amendment to NIPSS Act.
“Many of us will want to attend NIPSS because of what you have done and it s not an institution that anybody will want it to die.
”There is need for collaboration between NIPSS and NASS, ” he said.
He said that there was no doubt that research was key to development in any sector , adding that, the House would be expecting NIPSS draft amendment and see possible collaboration.