• Thursday December 10, 2020 13:11 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
Speaking today as the Chairman of 2020 membership induction and investiture of the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance (USA), Nigeria Chapter at the Merit House, Abuja, on the theme 'Effective Leadership as Palliative to Youths Restiveness and Economic Diversification'. DG, NILDS, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman said the inclusion of youths in nation building is critical to ensuring a sustained development and shared prosperity, pointing out that more than 60 per cent of the country’s population is made up of young people under the age of 25 years.
He noted regrettably that this group is left out in the governance process. As such, the need to reconsider the options with a view of giving the youths a key role in the scheme of things in the country.

The Director-General observed that indeed the country is passing through a trying time as it is bedeviled by insecurity, economic conundrum, social pandemonium, political upheavals, infrastructural deficits and other inimical activities; he further explained that about 90 per cent of graduates come out of their institutions and join the colony of unemployed on yearly basis; a time bomb that can destroy the country if not properly handled.
He stressed that the challenge facing the nation is principally a challenge of leadership, as exemplified by the unwillingness to take responsibilities and take the bull by the horns.

Professor Sulaiman explained that youth’s restiveness is caused as a result of frustration resulting from the inability to meet their goals and targets in life due to systemic failure. He is of the view that the #EndSARS is a metaphor for the crisis that is plaguing the Nigerian State as well as the immense power and resourcefulness at the disposal of youth and how they can be deployed.

He argued that for some of these issues to be addressed, effective leadership must come into play. He reasoned that the era of maladministration, mismanagement of public funds and misplacement of priorities, which beget economic and social setbacks must be done away with, stressing the unique role of leadership in nation-building and national development as well as providing an opportunity for youth to lend their voices to national issues as it relates to policy formulation and legislation, as such engagements would promote inclusion in development and governance process.

After the speech which drew a large ovation from the audience, Professor Sulaiman was made a fellow of the Institute that has members in every part of the globe.