From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The low level of development in the country has been traced to insufficient quantity of leaders in various sectors of the nation’s socio-economy.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Wednesday, the Kwara State, Chairman, Christian Leadership Training Institute, Haggai Institute, Professor Folu Ologe, said: “I agree we have leadership problem in Nigeria. However, we also have unique and blessed leaders in Nigeria. May be the problem is that the quantity is not sufficient to bring about all the impact needed for our development.”
The university don, who canvassed integrity, accountability and focus among Nigerian leaders, said that Nigeria would be a better place if every Nigerian holds up integrity as a watchword.
“This country will benefit much more from people with minimal skill, but with high level of honest disposition, rather than from people who are very skilful but dishonest. A skilful person who is dishonest is a very dangerous person because he has the skill to get away with his dishonesty,” he said.
He also charged Nigerians to encourage leaders with honest disposition with their support to attract meaningful development, adding that some leaders were not encouraged just because many people do not like their honest leadership disposition.
Speaking on the Haggai Institute leadership training programme, Professor Ologe said more than 300 people had been trained to be honest, organised, accountable, and uphold goal-setting and integrity in different areas of endeavour in the state since 1985 when it was established.
He said that trained members were expected to influence the community in their various places of work with excellence, organisation, integrity.
“We are determined to make impact in the lives of others. We aim to encourage many more people who can benefit from leadership training. We have our members in various fields and professions making impact in the society. Deans in universities, directors in teaching hospitals, politicians, businessmen. Our expectation is that leaders should abide by integrity, excellence and accountability. We train people to imbibe all that and to be organised”, he said.