Young people deserve right leadership motivation for greater impact – Sanwo-Olu
• Governor’s Aide Marks Birthday With Symposium, Scholarship
The string of events organised to mark the 50th birthday of the Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Administration, Mrs. Titi Oshodi, came to the highpoint, last Friday, with a symposium where issues eroding productivity, strong value ideal and character among millennials in contemporary times were examined.
The audience, comprising tertiary institution students, young professionals in the private sector and their counterparts in public service, listened with rapt attention as experts interrogated the salient issues and proffered practical solutions to bridge the character gap.
The symposium with the theme: “Strategic Management: The Pursuit of Better Leadership Impact,” held at the Muson Centre in Onikan, Lagos was also attended by the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, members of the diplomatic corps, top government functionaries, at both state and federal levels.
Sanwo-Olu opened the conversation, asserting that the character deficiency observed in the contemporary period resulted from the failure of the older generation to influence the young ones with the right leadership traits and attitudes.
Represented by Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, he defined leadership as the interdependence of people on one another for the benefit of all, stressing that a responsive leadership in the public sector involved efficient coordination of intricate relationships between the citizens, the private sector and the government.
Sanwo-Olu hailed his aide for her thoughtfulness in using the occasion of her birthday to inspire young people and equip them with growth formula.
During a discussion panel moderated by Mrs. Folashade Amborse-Medebem, a performance management expert, to examine the event’s theme, co-founder of Sahara Group and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Mr. Tonye Cole, told the audience that leadership was about embarking on selfless actions for positive development.
The celebrant said the theme was informed by her growing-up experiences over the past 39 years after she lost her father, prompting her to develop a resilience strategy in surviving challenging encounters.
Oshodi said the symposium was to raise a call towards creating awareness through family, which she described as the lowest development cadre, for cultural education, where mutual respect, confidence and resourcefulness are seen as key pillars of growth.
The high point was the award of N500, 000 worth of scholarships to two indigent tertiary institution students struggling with finance. The recipients are Emmanuel Adole, a Theatre and Film Studies student of Alex Ekwueme Federal University in Ebonyi State, and Emmanuel Richard, a Sociology student of the University of Abuja.