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PHOTOS: African Governance Institute for Development Partners U.I On Governance, Leadership Training For Youths.

A Nigerian based Governance and leadership focused organization, African Governance Institute For Development, AGID has secured a mutual partnership with the University of Ibadan, on training of youths on good governance and leadership.

The partnership which was secured with the University through the Institute of African Studies of the Institution, was aimed at solidifying collaborations between the two parties on the aspiration of AGID to transform young people across Africa.

Receiving the delegation from the African Governance Institute For Development, AGID, led by its founder, Hon. Seyi Adisa, at the institution’s board room, Vice chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode Adebowale described the organization’s initiative as a way forward in the nation’s leadership and governance system.

Prof Ezekiel Ayoola

Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, University of Ibadan, Professor Ezekiel Ayoola, the Vice Chancellor said AGID’s initiative would motivate Nigerian youths and reduce the increasing rate of brain drain in the country.

While highlighting the significance of national cohesion and patriotism in nation building, Professor Adebowale emphasized the need for youths to believe in the Nigerian project.

He said many developed countries of the world were built by their citizens, citing America and Singapore as some the nations that recorded steady progresses by the efforts of the citizens.

The Vice Chancellor who described the goal and programmes of the AGID as a right step towards a right path, promised the university’s support at all times at ensuring the success of the capacity building for students and youths.

“Whatever we have, we must support this type of initiative”

“The classification of developed countries of the next century is not going to be how much knowledge we have in low technology, it’s going to be how much high technology we have, but our youths are not staying here, they’re running away and I believe is because of the existing problems”.

“I believe your organization will make impact. Whatever the university can do, whatever you feel we can help, don’t hesitate to inform us, the university can help to motivate further.”

Earlier, the Founder, African Governance Institute For Development, AGID, Hon. Seyi Adisa believed that the mirage of challenges bedeviling the African continent would only be addressed by quality leadership and good governance.

Hon. Adisa who was a former Oyo assembly lawmaker and Principal Private Secretary to former governor of Oyo state, late Senator Abiola Ajimobi disclosed that AGID is creating an institute where youths undergo short courses on governance and leadership, with practitioners who epitomize the values of good governance and value-based leadership from across Africa and especially within Nigeria.

He said the aim of the courses which he believed would transform into award rewarding programmes in the future, was to mentor and transform youth who want to venture into politics, public sector, or hold public offices, empowering them with necessary skills and values ahead.

Hon. Adisa said he is leveraging on his relationships and network across Africa to bring in experienced governance and leadership practitioners as faculty, as well as distinguished professors and academics within the University to provide experiential learning for the several short courses with a view to reshaping the mindsets of those going into public service.

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