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Participants at a symposium held recently in  Lagos  unanimously   agreed that common sense has a limit in public leadership and should not be the sole requisite for public leadership consideration; a position that supports sound education as an indispensable ingredient for achieving a people-purposed leadership. The symposium which had as its theme; Leadership And Performance In Africa; the challenges of the continent’s economic competitiveness, was organized by the Centre For Leadership and Value (CVL) to celebrate its founder, Professor Patrick Utomi who recently marked his birthday.

The event had the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the Special Guest of Honour while  Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, former Director-General, UNIDO and a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming presidential election in  Sierra  Leone was the keynote speaker.

Chief Obasanjo in his remark gave the gathering, made up of eminent Nigerians, members of the diplomatic community, captains of industries,  traditional rulers, members of the civil society Organizations(CSO) and students, a  graphic sequence and interrelatedness of leadership, governance, and development. OBJ’s glowing leadership insight as demonstrated at the event caused critical minds to query his inability to articulate this volume of knowledge into his 8 years reign as president; a period many says was riddled with pockets of socio-economic challenges.

His performance at the event in my views stands as a pointer to a bigger frame of challenge and further lay credence to the age-long claim that public office holders are largely insulated by protocol; a development that adversely laces their performance in limitation.   OBJ. may not be a lone traveler in this journey as the nation is littered with an endless list of ex-political office- holders who upon the expiration of their tenure, suddenly turn eloquent preachers of good governance despite their inept record while in the office.

 

What is more, there was a voiced opinion among participants that, the dearth of leadership in our nation’s greatest challenge. The passionate plea for us to vote the right people come 2019 general election underscores this assertion.

 

Mr. Kandeh Yumkella’s keynote speech on its part was apt, practical and realistic. To him, knowledge must grow to retain knowledge. And the prerequisite for public leadership must transcend common-sense to accommodate sound/formal education. He argued that banking on common sense alone may be defective as it has a limit it can go. Leadership, he told the bewildered gathering calls for a proportionate mixture of both nature and nurture; hence the position of sound education in the provision of authentic and development –focussed leadership has become inescapable.

He used detailed illustrations to drive home his argument while pointing out  how leadership challenge has become our major undoing in Nigeria as a country and Africa as a continent. How faulty leadership style has turned us to a nation/continent of; ‘waiting for somebody to come and solve the problem, perfect practitioners of the Garden of Eden syndrome, and a people of aid receivership mentality.

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Keeping issues where they are, this non- possession of sound education has made it pretty difficult for some leaders to differentiate between politics and leadership. A situation that has resulted in our leaders playing politics all the way while relegating leadership to the background. And the effect on the nation as we can see includes but not limited to;’ using the people to further their own ends, become selfish, unpleasant, narrow-minded and petty. Playing politics in place of leadership invariably involves intimidating people, getting things done by lying and other dishonest ways, not being yourself or true to others and generally behaving appallingly’.

To further support  the above, keen political watchers has since observed  that Lagos as a state is working, and has become a model of a modern leadership for both the state and the federal government to emulate simply because of the handlers decision to keep the  ‘monkey’ called politics with the owners while leaving provision of leadership with  the technocrats.

No doubt, participant left the MUSON centre, Onikan, Lagos venue of the programme with a vivid picture of how ill-equipped and blurred abilities of our leaders has advanced our dwelling in the wilderness of poverty and hopelessness despite being gifted with enormous mineral deposits.

Occasioned by the above, a report recently stated that ‘technically, the poverty in Nigeria is not relative poverty but absolute. It is not the type of poverty that is caused by famine, drought, civil unrest, but bad leadership. it has been in existence for more than three decades without respite in view’.

However, various speakers at the forum were unanimous in hope and rock-solid in faith that the nation’s greatness is achievable if we can do the needful. Getting this regeneration process catalyzed they opined, will require first, a demand for a shift in leadership paradigm ‘as we cannot be doing a particular thing in a particular way and hope for a  different result’. This step is not just important but fundamental in retrieving the country from the ”political capitalists’’ and have it positioned on the part of a hypermodern society.

In the same token, achieving the hypermodern development/society will again necessitate a careful search for individuals with the above-listed qualities to take over from the demagogues masquerading as leaders. This, we must internalize and put into action when making our choices come 2019 general election.

In like manner, for us to achieve a fast-tracked development and economic growth, the gathering opined that a democratized industrialization of the nation, integration of the nation’s economic towns/cities with effective transportation infrastructure will be key. Similarly, giving the rightful people devoid of booty sharing mentality but investment minded their rightful positions in the management of our  ‘’Garden of  Eden’  while turning the aid received from donors and other interventionist groups to prosperity as in the case of   Asian tigers will be a right step taken in the right direction.

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Very germane also, the gathering agreed on the need to educate our political leaders that the youths are not in any way rivals but partners in the business of moving the project called Nigeria forward. Imperative also is the need for co-opting the youths into their political apprenticeship as it smacks every logic that the fates and the futures of the youths are discussed daily without any input coming from the youths.

For a deeper understanding of the above, ‘a good leader knows that when the youths take wings and soars, they too will soar. Getting the followers to soar takes courage, grit, determination and overwhelming passion. It is the responsibility of the leaders to make the followers better than you, which means trusting them, getting them the best resources, trusting them not to stab you in the back when it is time to take over from you and being confident enough not to be jealous of them when they do take off.

Once more, this auspicious moment of our existence calls for a collective view of leadership as a counterpart arrangement demanding from us a vetting responsibility of our leaders, questioning the so-called politically settled answers and providing answers to the unsettled political questions. This to my mind should be our preoccupation as we prepare for 2019 general election.

On the importance of this symposium, the timing and the theme were appropriate and apt to the season as the knowledge gained has further sharpened our vision and made our goals clearer even as we race towards 2019 general election.

The clarion call by the gathering for an immediate revamping of our civil service is commendable as the action is long overdue. Our civil service in my views is currently shaped with too many hands, with too little work and all lacking in the habits needed for civilization. Getting the sector restructured by stripping it of bureaucracy which serves as the bedrock for the monumental corruption that exists in the sector shall be considered by all as a right step taken in the right direction.

To conclude, it is worthy of note that Professor Patrick Okedinachi  Utomi out of his personal accord has become a tireless advocate for good governance and promoter of human capital development via youths empowerment and entrepreneurship. Having done these consistently and persistently, Utomi, has among the youths and the true progressives earned to himself a new title; The Catalyst for A New Order.

By: Jerome-Mario Utomi

 

 

 

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Award of Excellence: Eze declines nomination

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A vocal good governance advocate in the Niger Delta, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has declined accepting the Oil City Advancement Awards 2019, citing personal reasons.

Eze, according to the organisers of the awards, had been nominated due to his “immense contributions towards humanity and service towards ensuring peace, development and advancement of the Niger Delta region”.

However, responding to the award offer, Eze, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and an opinion moulder in the oil-rich region, said he had to turn the offer of award down for now so he could work more dedicatedly and become more worthy of the honour in future, even as he expressed gratitude to the award organisers.

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According to him, he had not achieved his actual mission in the region, which he said is to ensure the total enthronement of genuine democracy, through the election of APC government in the entire region, adding that until he achieves thist, he would not consider himself as being ready to accept an award for his inputs to what Niger Delta region is at the moment.

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He also reassured the people of the region that he will not relent in his struggle to ensure that the region benefits from what is due to her in the politics of Nigeria being the main source of the wealth of Nigeria.

“I will beg to decline accepting this prestigious award at this time for reasons surrounding my devotion and the need to give more of my time to ensuring that the people of the region get a deserving good governance”, he said.

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25 year old Orphan stranded in LUTH, three months after surgery

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A 25-year-old Nigerian orphan, Adeniyi Onalaja, a generator repairer, has been in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos in the last three months after undergoing surgery in his stomach. His ordeal started when he was experiencing pain in his stomach and the journey began from a hospital at Agbowa, Ikorodu and he was eventually referred to LUTH on April 4, 2019.

Upon medical examination, he was advised to go for a CT-Scan and this showed that a tumor was growing in his stomach and he was scheduled for emergency surgery on April 10, 2019, after signing an undertaking that funds will be made available. Afterward, there was a little complication that made him undergo another surgery because he could neither sleep nor eat on April 23, 2019. He has since been a resident of Ward E6 in the hospital.

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According to Onalaja, who hails from Ijebu-Ode, his father passed in 2006 and his mother died not more than a month ago. He is currently owing the hospital about Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000) only which are the expenses incurred from the surgery, admission, laundry, and drugs from the pharmacy.

The orphan said he is currently living on the remnants of other patients on admission in the Ward because he has nobody catering for him. He expressed his readiness to fend for himself through his generator repairing skills if he has the opportunity to leave the hospital.

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He is appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to please help me out of his travail. Adeniyi Onalaja can be reached on 08165635903 and financial assistance will be appreciated, payment can be made into his Sister’s bank account- Bassey Rukayat Aduke, 3107620191, First Bank.

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BUSTED: Imo State Government Recover Mansion Ex-Governor Okorocha Gave To His Ethiopian Girlfriend [VIDEO]

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A video trending online shows the moment Imo State Recovery of Moveable Assets Committee stormed a property belonging to the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha in Imo State.

A voice as heard in the video clip claim the former governor gifted the house to his Ethiopian girlfriend and she has been evacuated from the premises.

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Various items along with the lady’s undies were seen littered over the place.

According to Information Nigeria, the recovery team was led by Governor Emeka Ihedioha, who visited the place, with men of the Nigeria Police.

 

You will recall that officials of the State Government Committee on Recovery of Government Property, have broken into the sealed premises of Nneoma Okorocha, wife of former Imo state governor in search of stolen property.

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