Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State says that there are competent youths with leadership capacity to lead Nigeria.
Governor Sani Bello, stated this at the official unveiling of Lead Generation Initiative (LGI) with the theme “The Future of Leadership: Role of the Youth” in Abuja.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State, Mary Noel-Berje, disclosed this in a statement issued on Thursday.
The Governor who was the Guest Speaker at the event, said youths need to identify with their people at the grassroots, as it will help in gaining the acceptance of the people of their community which would increase their opportunity of becoming leaders.
The Guest Speaker noted that nonchalant attitude by some people, is the bane of leadership problem in the society pointing out that unless competent people are put in the right place, devoid of sentiments, it will take time to it get better.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello urged the youths to embrace politics by registering with any political party of their choice at the ward levels, explaining that, doing that will be a necessary step towards making themselves available for leadership positions especially in politics.
In his keynote address, former speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara described leadership as an influence which one’s character plays a critical role.
Dogara highlighted some major leadership problems to include; giving leadership position to people based on loyalty, sycophancy instead of competence.
He said the remedy for leadership challenges is to change the educational system inherited from the colonial masters by remodeling education administration that will suit our environment, noting that leadership is a serious business and a society cannot grow beyond its leadership quality.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Akin Dare, was among other dignitaries at the occasion.
The Executive Director of LGI, Chief (Mrs) Sefiat Abiola-Peller in her virtual welcome remarks said that the organisation is contributing in nation-building as well as adding value to the society by training members of different communities, women leadership development programmes especially capacity building and mentorship among others.
LGI is a youth driven apolitical non-governmental organization that is committed to creating opportunities for young people to channel their creativity, energy, and aspirations to adding value to their communities and the country at large. Hon. Shina Abiola Peller, Member of House Representative from Oyo State is the founder.