NIALS signs performance contract with senior staff
The National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) has signed the performance contract with senior staff of the institution to fast track the actualization of the country’s transformation agenda.
Speaking during the brief ceremony at the Supreme Court Complex last week, the Director General of NIALS Prof Epiphany Azinge (SAN) said performance contract is the bold step in the right direction of actualizing President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda.
While signing the agreement with all principal officers, directors, heads of departments and units of the institute, Azinge said performance contract will ensure that all hands are on deck towards achieving the president’s agenda.
He said the seriousness attached to the contract, which will provide the yardstick for measurement of staff, informed NIALS becoming the first parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Justice to sign it soon after the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) did same with all agencies and parastatals under the ministry. He said the institute being the apex legal scholarship centre will continue to make positive impacts in national growth and development.
“The transformation agenda of Mr. President, ideally should come as a major challenge to institutions of higher learning and indeed to all those eminently qualified to be referred to as scholars. As the brain box of this nation, scholars are transformers in their own right and best positioned to drive the transformation agenda.
“Whether in the form of ensuring sustained power supply, infrastructural development, building the first made in Nigeria vehicle, charting the path to agrarian revolution, introducing unique patterns of housing for our environment, building a first rate health care sector, using law as an instrument of social engineering and training the best economists to man and manage our natural and human resources – these are challenges that scholars must rise up and face. In my view, if a nation is not doing as well as it ought to, then there is every need for scholars to engage in sober reflection and find out what they have failed or are unable to do to move the nation forward,” the DG said.