The Federal Government has said that security and good governance are fundamental to the attainment of sustainable development.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed stated this at the 19th convocation of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, while delivering a lecture on Thursday September 23, 2021
Mrs. Shamsuna Ahmed explained that insecurity discourages investment, lowers productivity and destroys livelihood, hence, progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was found to be slowest in conflict-afflicted countries.
She maintained that in the absence of security, governance structures of a country are vulnerable to collapse, thus undermining sustainable development because it forms a critical part of the super-structure on which economic growth and development can be achieved.
Also speaking, Commandant of the NDA, Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf noted that the academy is focused on genuine military professionalism, academic excellence and character development along with the vigour and optimism that will sustain graduands to take on the challenges of the New World Order.
In a message at the event, Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i who was represented by Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Honourable Samuel Aruwan, charged the graduands to apply innovation in the creation of opportunities for themselves and others.
The 18th lecture was held in honour of the 68 Regular Course Cadets and Postgraduate students.