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Olaopa bags Thabo Mbeki award for public survive


Executive Vice Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP), Dr. Tunji Olaopa has been honoured with the ‘Thabo Mbeki award for Public Service and Scholarship.
The award was bestowed on him during the just concluded ceremony of the 18 Africa Conference with the theme: ‘Leadership and Institutions in Africa’ held at University of Texas Austin, United States.
Olaopa, who is also a former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth Development was honoured with the award based on the excellent presentation titled: ‘Transforming Africa’s Institutions: The Challenges of Politics, Development and Reform.’

In his presentation, the ISGPP vice chairman said African leaders must strive to build effective institutions as the only way to rescue the continent from underdevelopment, poverty and stagnation.
Olaopa argued that deepening poverty which even the celebrated jobless growth of the yesteryears did not alleviate, reduces the chances of elections that are issues-based, which in turn limits the potentials for emergence of transformational leadership in most African countries.
He said the chances of African countries breaking out of their logjam nonetheless demands dynamics that will, in time, create a new generation of detribalised and cosmopolitan leaders.
According to him, “These leaders should be distinguished by their managerial sophistication and policy intelligence.”

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