The Ikeja chapter of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) has organised a one-day seminar to inspire and motivate the youths on the position of leadership in Nigeria. Tagged ‘Quality Leadership Value Seminar’, the programme, according to the President of the organisation, Amb. Oluwatosin Ligali, is in line with JCI core values of excellence and professionalism and the QLV is an annual event geared towards inculcating in the participants, essential leadership qualities as the country repositions itself to take her rightful place in the comity of nations.
“The QLV was initiated over two decades ago by past President Olumide Ajomale (JCI Senator) and has ever since has been an impactful event to over 2,000 young leaders with the right moral values and character for a better nation building.” According to former Head of the Bureau for Public Sector Reform in Nigeria, Dr. Joe Abah, leadership is the capacity of someone to direct and energise the willingness of people to take action. He stated that as a leader, one must be able to carry the people along in taking certain actions to achieve their common goals.
“The only difference between Nigerian Public Service and the U.K where I have worked is that the Nigeria Public Service lacks patriotism, the U.K public sector is stocked with the best brains while the reverse is what we experience in the Nigeria. “We are people of great talents and potential, the youths should not believe anybody who says Nigerian youths are lazy. As we prepare to elect our leaders in 2019, the Nigerian youths should endeavour to choose a leader that can deliver for Nigerian, a leader that can demonstrate personal willingness to the people.” Another panelist, Mr. Sulaiman Aladeh, a journalist and popular host of ‘Political Stew’ on TV, spoke on ‘The role of media in leadership development’, reminding youths that screaming and shouting on Social Media don’t make any change.
“We all need to take positive action, stay away from fake news and careful how we receive unverified news and information. Encouraging the youths to be more upright and elect leaders that have the future of this nation at heart come 2019”. Juliet Kego, who spoke on ‘The DNA of the futures Nigeria Leaders’ is of the opinion that DNA needs to be modified with good character and moral values.
“The best way to achieve this is to go back to the formative stage of learning which is the nursery and primary schools and instill a better DNA into the lives of the future leaders so we can give them a better society.” According to Mr. Abiola Ogundeko, who enlightened the participants on ‘Transformational leadership; panacea to the nation building,’ he believes what we need is transformational leadership, which is where a leader works with teams to identify needed change, creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change in tandem with committed members of a group. Jumoke Alawode-James, a host of the popular show on TV ‘Morning View,’ who happened to be the moderated the discussion, is of the opinion that women should participate in politics and governance. “Women shouldn’t just restrict themselves to homes alone but take active role in nation building wherever they find themselves”.
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