NIM seeks transparent, accountable leadership for devt
TO sustain the drive for change, a strong accountable and transparent leadership is imperative as panacea to the nation’s development challenges, says Dr. Clement Kayode Oghene of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), Delta State.
Oghene, who spoke on the topic, “Nigeria Post-Election: Issues of Leadership, National Development, Political Stability and Institutional Autonomy” during the Management Day celebration of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Uvwie Chapter, noted that leadership holds the key to unlocking the country’s transformation question.
According to him, to sustain the drive for change, “leadership must be purposeful, visionary and missionary, with clearly defined sets of ideas, values and aspirations reflecting those of the majority who are the followers.”
He regretted that Nigerian leaders still lacked patriotic and nationalistic spirit laced with transparency and accountability, which could guarantee concrete impacts and achievements. Other speakers included Ambassador Plenipotentiary, Gloria Adebiyi, and Prof. M. A. Bawa.
Declaring the event open, the Vice-Chancellor, FUPRE, Prof. Akii Ibhadode, commended NIM for organising such discourse to enlighten young managers and re-orientate them on genuine service to the nation.
He stressed that the lecture series would as well renew the minds of participants and inspire in them the spirit of patriotism and the zeal to work for the nation’s growth.
Ibhadode, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Olatunde Damisa, had earlier assured the Uvwie chapter of NIM that the institution would continue to support its staff members’ participation in the activities of the professional body.
Similarly, the Registrar, FUPRE, Mr. Ejikeme Ichendu, commended the chapter for picking the institution as venue for the celebration, noting that as a body focused on building people for leadership, it was fundamental for people in the profession to be part of the body.