Emerging Nigerian Leaders hold Confab in Owerri

Aspiring, young, Nigerian leaders will get tips on Ethics, Accountability, Solidarity, Personal Responsibility among others, at a two-day conference and Impact Dinner organised by the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, INC. (CSAAEINC), beginning, Friday in Owerri, Imo State.

The event will showcase a number of innovative, Community Development Programmes which the emerging leaders have been involved in for the past three years. The participants are youths drawn from various tertiary institutions across the country and placed on a mentorship programme under CSAAE, an organisation working towards the creation of a new Nigeria, with sound moral and ethical leadership.

The Centre believes that poverty and underdevelopment in Africa are largely due to failure of leadership and decline in African spirit of entrepreneurship, social and moral sense. To facilitate development in Africa, CSAAE provides free ethics, excellence in leadership and entrepreneurship programs aimed at helping undergraduate and graduate students build the capacities, competencies and character to achieve sterling success and bring positive change.
A representative of the Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee will speak to the youths on ethical matters while Mr Chike Nwosu, Technical Director, Addax Petroleum Development explores the serious issue of Accountability , teaching the youths to take ownership and control of their Actions. Speaking earlier, Nwosu said he would use his own personal experiences to prove that integrity still pays and also dismiss ideas that the fastest way to the top in the rich oil and gas industry is through dubious connections. Nwosu emphasised that accountability is inevitable in governance and that lack of it produces disaster.

Managing director, LAPO Microfinance Bank Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe, will also bring his own knowledge to bear on the youths, proving to them that they hold the key to the future. The banker is convinced that although there are many bad eggs in Nigeria, there are also several role models worthy of emulation.

“We the older folks feel our dreams in the 70s and 80s have not been realised. But pessimism and lamentation will not help us. What will help us is effective and positive engagement of young people who hold the future. And just as God told Elijah, there are lots of people whose knees have not bowed to Baal. The media needs to identify, highlight and profile them as a positive sign posts for young people, ” he said.

Prof Abubakar Momoh, Director General the Electoral Institute of independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would provoke the youths to think more deeply, as he gives a State of the Nation Speech. He will explain why he believes Nigeria’s problem is not lack of infrastructure, electricity or economic diversification but a fundamental problem of elite consensus.

“I will engage them on a conversation on how to move the country forward. My view is that there is lot of confusion on what is needed – there is no consensus around the issues of governance therefore everybody pulls in different directions. We have no elite consensus about the values and ideas that should drive the nation forward. We do not act what we say. We have no rules for elite recruitment, none for sustenance and non for exit.”

Participants will also get tips on team work and Solidarity from Founder and organiser Fr Dr. Godswill Agbagwa at the conference where new members will be received, as it marks the beginning of CSAAE’s new mentoring/nurturing year.