Bridge Leadership Foundation holds 8th Career Day Event
Former Governor of Cross River State and founder of the Bridge Leadership Foundation, Senator Liyel Imoke has advocated the need for citizens’ participation in governance. He made the advocacy at the 8th Career Day event of the Bridge Leadership Foundation, held on Saturday, at the Calabar International Convention Center.
The event’s theme was “Youths and Good Governance: the future we want”.
Senator Imoke identified three classes of leaders as those who concentrate on themselves, those who concentrate on tribe and those who defy tribal boundaries to look at the larger picture.
He said: “They are people who exist for themselves and their immediate families, people who concentrate on not just themselves but tribe and faith and those who look beyond tribe they respect rules. They are not exceptional people but doing the right thing and changing societies”.
In a keynote address, Mr. Tonye Patrick Cole, Executive Director Sahara Group harped on the need for youths to adopt cardinal principles for leadership, imploring them to always be willing to pay the price by taking the driving seat and standing by it..
According to him, “all great leaders must look at all sides of a matter, make a decision and stand by their decision whatsoever”.
Mr Cole further highlighted importance of building a network for enhanced relationship, saying that “the quality of your network decides the size and quality of your networth are critical to relationship”.
On his part, Professor Paul Nwulu, Program Officer, Power and Participation in Ford Foundation, explained that youths can salvage Nigeria’s challenges if they are better positioned. He enjoined everyone to volunteer time to engage in political activities.
He said: “Be involved in community outreach, you need to do more. Nobody would give you what you want. The only way you can squeeze is to vote”
Also speaking, Mrs Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji of RISE NETWORKS berated the country’s leadership and political class for turning the country into what he described as “a criminal enterprise”. He added that a country’s wealth does not depend on what a country has, but on the know-how of its citizens. Therefore, he implored youths in the Niger Delta to disrupt the mindset of “oil money”.
Dr Frankland Briyai, Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Cross River State and Mrs. Tolulope Adeleru Balogun, a presenter with Nigeria Info FM, Lagos, are among dignitaries who made presentations at the 8th Career Day event.
The Bridge Leadership Foundation is a non profit organisation committed to building generations of young people educated to become compassionate, entrepreneurial and engaged citizens who are empowered to take responsibility for their own lives and for making a difference in the world. it was established in 2011.
By Ugo Solugo
Post Graduate Student, Department of Mass Communication,
Cross River University of Technology