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OBJ Wants Out Of School Children Back To School

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has urged those in leadership Positions in the country to take urgent steps in addressing the situation of the over 15 million out of school children in the country.

The Former President who stated this at the GOTNI Leadership Centre in Abuja said this category of persons must be taken on board as ignoring them will negatively affect the society irrespective of the leadership training offered by leadership development centres.

According to him, the leadership problems facing the country must also be given priority for the nation’s socio economic growth.

Obasanjo who identified poor leadership as the bane of development in the African continent noted that aside leadership training and development, concurrent efforts must be made to ensure that those who are supposed to be in school receiving education are in school.

“The truth is that there is nobody that is born without some amount of innate leadership capacity and it is development that is needed. By the time we come to GOTNI leadership center, a bit of it is already lost.

“We should not forget that a lot start from the home, a lot in the school, a lot in the Church and the Mosque; a lot within the community itself.If we fail in all those areas, you wont even get them to come here.

“This is one aspect of our life. The other aspect is what we do. I am worried because no matter what we do here, as long as we have the type of situation we have now of 15 million children that should be in school that are not in school.

“I have said when you talk about the problem of an African country and particularly of Nigeria, they will say, it is leadership. Leadership deficit and leadership deficiency. And both can be taken care of in this GOTNI Leadership Centre.

He commended the proprietor of the GOTNI Leadership Institute, Linus Okorie for the good work of filling the void of leadership training in the country.

The Proprietor of the Centre, Linus Okorie said the vision of the centre was to create a crop of professional leaders for the country in all aspects of life by ensuring that they understand leadership competencies.

“All I want is a critical mass of human beings investing in this journey where we can grow leadership from high school up to political level. In fact, now that we are in the political period, anybody who wants to seek for political office at whatever level, it is important that they will come and sit down and understand what leadership is about so that when they get into leadership position, they will do well because they have been groomed.

On his part the regional director United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO Jean Bakole who stressed the need for Africa to promote good leadership said youths should be encouraged to acquire the needed skills for good governance.

By Aisha Adesanya

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