Adamawa 2019: University Dons, registrars, lawmakers, media managers, others, bag IBDFM membership

Adamawa 2019: University Dons, registrars, lawmakers, media managers, others, bag IBDFM membership

The Periscope reporter

The Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management Saturday, held it’s 18th Mandatory Continuing Professional Development training, Induction and Investiture with theme: Managing the Challenges of Public Enterprises in the Provision of Goods and Services in Nigeria.

The programme was held at Lamido Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa Hall, College of Nursing and Midwifery Yola, Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen, Dr. Adamu Muhammad Dodo FIBDM, Member Governing Council of the Institute and Chairman Local Organising Committee, revealed that the programme has thirty-nine newly inducted members, out of which twelve were Fellow members, three senior members, sixteen full members, five associate members and two graduate members.

The chairman of the occasion Prof. Mohammed Dahiru Madawaki, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences of the University of Maiduguri was among those confirmed with the fellowship Award of the Institute.

Other fellow members inducted include:

Dr John LDama Director, Academic Planning and Head of Business Administration Department, Adamawa State University Mubi

Hajiya Fa’iza Ahmed, Registrar FCE Yola

Alh Ibrahim Abubakar, Registrar College of Nursing and Midwifery Yola,

Barr Mahmud Abubakar Suleiman, Dean and Head of Legal Studies Department, Federal Polytechnic Mubi

Hon Abdullahi Umar Yapak, Member representing Verre Constituency at the Adamawa State House of Assembly.

Amb Mohammed El-Yakub, MD Gotel Communications, Yola

Mohammed Luqman Director Finance and Supply, Adamawa State Pension Board

Thomas Garba Njine (Tom Garba) TG news online

Yarima Yusuf wakawa, Patrick Vigo Jidauna, Bello Anthony and Ibrahim Musa Labaran all of Yola Electricity Distribution Center.

The inducted senior members include:
Halilu Usman
Joshua Abdu Maisheru
James Adute Chachi

Inducted Full members include:

Inducted Associate members include:
Pwana Hamman Ezekiel
Daniel Uwani
Danjuma Isaac Manzo
Samuel Adamu
Halima Shehu

Inducted graduate members include:
Balami Hyelhira James
Umaru Hyelda

Earlier in his welcome address, read by Dr. Adamu Muhammad Dodo, the President and Chairman of Council, Prof Ayuba A. Aminu, explained that the Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management is a Professional, Training and Research Institute registered by the Federal Government of Nigeria in line with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2004 (RC: 1435268), with the approval of the Federal Ministry of Education and with the consent of the Attorney General of the Federation.

The Institute’s vision is “to produce professionals equipped with world class knowledge and skills in Business Diplomacy and Financial Management for positions of leadership and influence in Nigeria”.

Ayuba told those enlisted for Investiture of Fellowship and Induction that the Ceremony marked their formal admission into the prestigious Institute.

“I must say without mincing words that your Induction into the Professional Membership of this Institute is an achievement worthy of accolades and celebration. You must therefore, participate fully by swearing to the Oath of Allegiance and signing the Code of Professional Ethics before you are regarded as bona-fide Professional Members of the Institute, and so entitled to all rights and privileges appertaining therein.

“The rights and privileges of course can be withdrawn if the conduct of the Professional Member is found to be inimical to the well-being of the institute,” Ayuba said

Ayuba listed some of the benefits to be enjoyed by the inducted and Certified as Professional Business Diplomacy and Financial Managers to include:

i. The necessary support, flexibility and convenience in the acquisition of knowledge and skills to enhance proficiency in Business Diplomacy and Financial Management including lifelong learning through the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) programme.

ii. The right to use a post-nominal designation (an acronym placed after a name) on members’ business card, CV, email signature and other personal collateral. The designations are: FBDFM, SBDFM, MBDFM, ABDFM and GBDFM for Fellow, Senior, Full, Associate and Graduate Members respectively.

iii. Added advantage to improve members’ qualifications for appointments, employment and promotion purposes.
iv. Right to request for a reference letter for job or admission purposes locally or overseas.

v. The opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs, professionals, bureaucrats and technocrats from all walks of life to collaborate, find job opportunities, negotiate deals etc.

vi. To assist and support students and young graduates in making an efficient start in the labour market by obtaining excellent insights and enriching their curriculum vitae (CVs) with a unique professional membership certificate which will prove attractive to future employers.

“I must not fail to mention that the theme chosen for this programme “Managing the Challenges of Public Enterprises in the Provision of Goods and Services in Nigeria” is not only apt but timely.

“Globally, public enterprises are established to act as the pivot to propel economic and social development in areas of need and sectors that are not considered expedient for private sector investment by local and foreign investors. The implication here is that the government assumes the function of the entrepreneur by investing her resources in business ventures for social and economic reasons.

“However, evidence abounds that the government has not performed well as a manager of resources (Nwachukwu, 2007).

“I am glad that a Pioneer Fellow of the Institute and an Associate Professor of Public Administration, at the University of Maiduguri, Dr. S. Y. Ibrahim, is here well prepared to do justice to the theme.

“As I bring my speech to a close, let me use his opportunity to specially call on our Esteemed Members: Fellows, Senior, Full, Associate and Graduate Members to be more active and participative in the Institute’s activities.

“Please bring us your suggestions on what we need to do that we are not doing, or what we are doing that can do better. Propose programmes or project you can collaboratively execute with the Institute and avail the Institute of your knowledge, expertise, and experience when we call upon you for help, as we aim at making the Institute great among very reputable professional bodies not just in Nigeria but Internationally.

“Kindly send such suggestions or proposed programmes/projects to or

“Once again, I warmly welcome and thank you all for your time and the courtesy of your attention.

“God bless the Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management; God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Ayuba remarked, marking the opening ceremony.

In his acceptance remarks, Madawaki said the world was radically electronically changing, making change to remain constant and people would be left with no option than to be in tune with the Diplomacy and the dynamics of change, not to be left out.

Madawaki observed that having realised early the dynamics of change, the Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management has since evolved mechanism fitting for the change to remain significant in financial management, diplomatically. The step he said the University of Maiduguri has functionally keyed in.

Madawaki said to be able to succeed in the cooperative and collaborative projects between the institution and the Institute, the framers would have to be engaged in the initiative of designing proposals for the greatest good of the society.

Dr. SY Ibrahim an Associate Professor with the Department of Public Administration, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, who was a pioneer Fellow of the Institute, was the guest speaker and facilitator at the programme.

Ibrahim traced the origin of public enterprises to the two world wars that devasted the economy and brought about hunger and starvation, which necessitated that the government would have to take over the production of Goods and services in Nigeria and beyond.

For the purpose of the lecture, Ibrahim narrowed the classification of public enterprises based on contemporary state of
Nigeria as follows:

“Communication and Media Enterprises:
The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

“Economic Enterprises
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)
Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)
Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)

“Energy Enterprises;
Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)

State Security Service (SSS)
National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)

“Law Enforcement
The Nigerian Police Force (NPF)
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

“Other Enterprises
National Orientation Agency (NOA)
National Universities Commission (NUC)
Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAM

“Justifying the need for public enterprises, Imuetinyan (2010) stated that, they are basically
created for services which are not suited to the civil service mode of operation. This is because the
civil service work is characterized by strict compliance with rules, regulations and procedures,
excessive paper work among others, Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim analysed that public enterprises were doing well when they were earlier established in Nigeria before things eventually fell apart owing to what was regarded as Nigerian factor, shielding inefficiency, wickedness and greed; the pillars of corruption such that some public enterprises would have to be privatised and and some public services outsourced.

“There is no organisation whether public or private that does not require efficient management.

“However, the public enterprises in Nigeria that are run strictly in accordance with government directions in order to achieve their aims, have over the years been marked by high level of management challenges some of which are:

“Lack of efficient management.
Appointment of incompetent Board Members.
Irrational application of resources.
Corruption and Embezzlement, Lack of autonomy,” Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim argued that to be able to achieve managerial efficiency and effectiveness, consideration would have to be made on competency and capability of the personality as the chief executive, where he listed some of the essential requirements or qualities to be considered during recruitment to include:
(i) Trust
(ii) Integrity
(iii) Honesty
(iv) Team builder
(v) Visionary
(vi) Good personality

“By the time all the above are obtained, then politicisation of appointment must also be
avoided. When appropriate personality is put in place to lead the affairs of an enterprise, and
everything being equal, provision of goods and services can be guaranteed, thereby justifying their

Discussing the paper, Prof Madawaki lamented that in spite of the huge resources being invested into the public sector, owing to corruption, the country failed to get it right; People were tilting their trusts more to private establishments as being more efficient.

Madawaki, arguing his point, cited a scenario in which staff with the university of Maiduguri, for the most part, preferred sending their children to private primary and post primary schools even then there have been staff children schools that are Public schools within the university.

The paper recommended for societal reorientation as a way forward.

The participants commended the organisers of the programme, assuring that the knowledge would not only be put to use, it would be transmitted further.

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