IGLSA urged to prepare more Nigerian youths for leadership role



By Chimezie Godfrey

The Institute for Governance and Leadership Studies in Africa (IGLSA) has been urged to embark on more membership drive in order to prepare Nigerian youths for good leadership role.

This was made known in a Communique jointly signed by the Executive Director, NGO Network, Kaduna, Mohammed Bougei Attah and Wale Abideen from the Secutiry Monitor, Lagos.

The Communique which issued at the end of a three-day program tagged “Governance and Leadership Mentoring Clinic for Emerging Youth Leaders in Nigeria,” organized by IGLSA.

The Institute for Governance and Leadership Studies in Africa (IGLSA) organized a three-day program tagged “Governance and Leadership Mentoring Clinic for Emerging Youth Leaders in Nigeria.

The objectives of the Clinic include; to develop a critical mass of Nigerian youth leaders with capacity and skills in leadership and governance; establish an alumni structure of the mentees of the programme with a view to providing a national platform for sustainability, mutual reinforcement and attracting attention to issues of governance and leadership; to encourage greater investments and focus on leadership and governance by both the government and non-state sector; and to enhance the interest of Nigerian leaders through volunteering to serve as mentors and or support the project by providing necessary funding.

The Communique revealed that the event had
Over 50 Participants drawn from various youths’ organizations such as Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs, clubs and associations and the media were selected from across the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja.  

According it, after robust discussions on issues relating to leadership and governance as it affects youth involvements, participants suggested that there was need for such type of leadership and governance Clinic to be a continuous event, that youths should be advised to shun violence and anti-social acts and rather engage and contribute to the political process in the country, and that leaving the country is not the best option for development, instead, youths are advised to stay behind to develop the country.

They also observed that there was a wide gap between the Nigerian leaders and the youths which needs to be filled by policy of mentors and mentees.

The Communique therefore revealed that the participants in view of the foregoing urged IGLSA to embark on more membership drive so as to serve its deserving purpose in Nigeria and Africa at large, among other critical recommendations.

It stated,”Participants at the Clinic recommend that the IGLSA should embark on more membership drive so as to serve its deserving purpose in Nigeria and Africa at large. This, according to participants will go a long way in preparing Nigerians youths for good leadership role.

“Participants recommend that the government, private organizations, diplomatic corps and donor organizations should embrace this initiative by supporting IGLSA to build more capacity and to sustain the initiative.”