GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP STUDIES
The Centre for Governance and Leadership studies recognises the need for the development of leadership skills, especially in the African context.
According to the UNDP, Good governance is, among other things, participatory, transparent and accountable. It is also effective and equitable. And it promotes the rule of law. Good governance ensures that political, social and economic priorities are based on broad consensus in society and that the voices of the poorest and the most vulnerable are heard in decision-making over the allocation of resources.
Leadership and governance have been recognised as imperative for the attainment of the political, economic and social objective of any political community. The significance of leadership to governance is seeing in the fact that good leadership sets the tone and standard of governance.
It is on the recognition of the imperative of leadership and governance to a country that Nnablife (2010) avers that the survival of a system rests with leadership. All things rise and fall on leadership because leadership effectiveness is a steering that drives a nation or any organisation to heights of development and productivity by the application of good governance (Folarin, 2010).
History has it that young people have been playing key roles in promoting democratic development and nation building before and after Independence. Nigeria’s pre-independence struggle was pioneered by young nationalists like Dr. Herbert Macaulay, Ernest Ikoli, Chief H.O Davies, J.C Vaughan, Oba Samuel Akinsanya, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. These nationalists were reported to be in their youth when they led the independence struggle.
“Youths should be given a chance to take an active part in the decision-making of local, national and global levels.” — former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
Leadership and good governance are crucial to realizing any giant stride taken in pursuit of development anywhere in the world, Nigeria is not an exception. Nigeria is the only country with the history of crude oil thefts. Michels (Olayiwola, 2013) posits that an examination of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political history reveals that many of its leaders over the years have been using the “iron law of oligarchy” which explains the triumph of the leaders’ ambitions for office over the membership’s revolutionary goals.
In the latter years of military rule, things had totally fallen apart in the Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general. The Niger Delta was boiling with varying degree of inter-communal and inter-groups conflicts, youth and communal protests against the Nigerian state and oil multinational corporations operating in the area. Instead of addressing the deepening crisis of environmental insecurity, rising poverty, the unfair laws governing oil exploration and relationships between the producing communities and the unholy alliance of the state and oil multinationals and stimulate a holistic regional development, the ruling military elites unleashes the coercive apparatus of the state on the hapless people of the region.
Poor leadership and corruption have led to increased social crimes such as unemployment, drug trafficking, hostage taking, child trafficking, which are on the increase in Nigeria because the money that could have been used to provide job opportunities to the populace is diverted to private use. The Boko Haram and the crises in the Niger Delta and other violent acts in the country are avoidable where there is good leadership (Okpoko; 2007).
It is said that youths are the future leaders. However, sending unequipped young men and women into the world would be synonymous with sending untrained soldiers to the battlefield, hence the need for programs such as Leadership summits organized for our future leaders. There is a need for the sensitization of the Niger Delta youths on the achievements of the Federal Government in the region in order to douse the ongoing disbelief, tension, disruption and vandalism.
The institute aims at conducting leadership training programs which would go a long way in preparing and reshaping the mindset of the indigenes and all attendees, enlarging their minds to the possibilities of a better future for the Niger Delta and Nigeria.
The Centre for Governance and Leadership studies recognises the need for the development of leadership skills, especially in the African context. In addition to research into this subject matter, the Centre will conduct courses in the following:
• Youth Leadership, incorporating Conflict Resolution
• Literacy and vocational skills for women
• Leadership Fellowship for Community Leaders and Elders
Scope of Activities
– To undertake research and documentation on both national and international dimensions of matters such as Governance, Civil Society/Political Party Management, and Political Security as part of efforts to strengthen democratic practice in Niger Delta region.
– Provide training, capacity building, and certification on Governance, Civil Society/Political Party Management, Political Security and related disciplines.
– Provide training and capacity building on leadership and leadership related matters.
– Provide consultancy services to State and non-State Organisations within and outside the Africa Continent.
– To research into and undertake training on voters/civic education, elections and elections related matters within the Africa Continent and other emerging democracies.
– Undertake elections observation within the Africa Continent and beyond as part of deliberate comparative research efforts on elections.
– Collaborate with Local and International Academic and Professional Institutions in pursuance of its objectives.
– Establish academic journals/magazines to promote scholarship in areas within its purview.
– Organise Conferences and Seminars to encourage intellectual discourse in its areas of concern.
– Undertake research into problems of African development and disseminate findings to countries in Africa with the primary aim of solving these problems.
– To undertake effective continental-wide advocacy on climate change, its implications on the future of the continent as well as necessary remedial measures.
– Carry out other activities that it may considers relevant in pursuance of its objectives.
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