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Institute advocates sacrifice, inclusive leadership as panacea to political crisis    


As Nigeria grapples with a political future marked by insecurity, unsettling movements across party lines and a gale of impeachments, the Institute of Supervision and Leadership (ISL) has advocated sacrifice and selflessness in the leadership as panaceas to the challenges confronting the country.The ISL also stresses that leadership must be inclusive and always consider the consequences of its policies and actions on the larger society.

This was the consensus by the lead speaker and participants at the Institute’s 9th membership induction and inauguration of Fellows held at the University of Lagos, Akoka, on Saturday.  

In his presentation titled, ‘Inclusive Supervision and Leadership: Pathway to socio-Political Development’, the lead speaker, Dr. Kayode Bowale noted that leadership in the 21st century Nigeria was found in families, corporate bodies, religious organisations and all classes of stakeholders such as low income earners, middle income earners, high income earners, political class and civil society.

“If leadership seed is well cultivated, productivity, peace and robust value system can be achieved in any of these areas,” he added. He emphasised that to set the country on the pathway of socio-political development and stability, the current leadership must as a matter of necessity and urgency reorder the value system and make sacrifice for the general good. 

Dr. Bowale, a teacher at Covenant University, Ogun State, called for a ‘paradigm shift in attitudinal values of leaders’ to enable Nigeria navigate its way out of the current socio-economic challenges.  He said the nation was in an era “when sacrifice takes upper hand than wealth acquisition and service takes pride of place in social life of the people.” 

The inauguration also featured group discussions in which participants listed greed, selfishness, moral and political corruption and lack of vision as some of the hindrances to good leadership in Nigeria.  

In his address, the Acting Registrar of the ISL Mr. George Okoroafor informed participants that the Institute has attained affiliation with the American Chartered Institute of Management and Leadership (CIML), and would press on with the promotion of the education of effective supervision and transformational leadership all over the world to enable members achieve commitment to quality of life, work and society.  

Among the 26 distinguished personalities inducted as fellows of the ISL were the Deputy Governor of Ondo State Barr Ajayi Agboola, members of the political class, Dr. Musa W. Ibrahim, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, who was represented by Dr. Funsho Akinya, Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority (BORBDA) and Engr. Saliu Osifuemhe Ahmed, Managing Director, BORBDA. Some 60 persons drawn from the public and private sectors, the professions and higher institutions of learning were also inducted as members and associates of the Institute.  

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