Dr. Senukon Olufunmi Ajose-Harrison, Director-General of the Lagos State Public Service Development Centre (PSSDC), Magodo, has stated that it is necessary to reexamine the issue of appropriate and progressive leadership actions in order to ensure good governance and a sustainable economy in the State and the country as a whole.
In his address at PSSDC’s inaugural lecture on Leadership for Good Governance, Ajose-Harrison noted that the world is currently experiencing a leadership crisis, which has caused some countries and organizations to become stagnant and even backward in every area of life
While noting that the event would be a valuable means to achieve good leadership and a sustainable economy in the State and Nigeria, Ajose-Harrison listed the traits that an ideal leader should exhibit to enhance development as intelligence, toughness, determination, vision, new media literacy, innovation, creativity and integrity, among others.
The Guest Speaker and Social Human Rights Activist, Barrister. Femi Falana (SAN), who spoke on the topic: “Leadership and Alternative Ideology: The Role and Significance of Ideology in administering the Nation State-Nigeria”, urged the government both at the State and Federal levels to exhibit the traits of good leaders by being selfless, enjoin equity and make sacrifices.
According to him, the world is expecting Nigeria to lead, not to follow but, unfortunately, the country is not living up to this billing, despite the fact that this Nation is hugely blessed with human and material resources to take the lead.
He pointed out that for Nigeria to develop, the leaders must initiate and support a knowledge-based economy by ensuring that citizens, especially the youths, acquire knowledge to improve society.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of the event and World-Renowned Economist, Prince Lekan Fadina, raised the issue of equipping the youths with the necessary knowledge to ensure development in the State and the Country at large, noting that youths must be encouraged to develop their skills and capabilities to positively shape the future of the continent.
Fadina noted that Nigeria is passing through various challenges in areas of youth bulge, education, unemployment, security, fairness, equity, governance and politics, adding that leaders must engage in conversations and experience sharing for a common vision.