By, Uchechukwu Ugboaja, Ozekizibe Etete & Obesi Ben Otas
With the just concluded GOTNI Leadership & Enterprise Training for Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal constituents sponsored by Prof. Steve Azaiki, the Federal Lawmaker has again used this opportunity to restate his commitment to the human capital development of members of his constituency.
Several dignitaries from within and outside Bayelsa state have applauded the sponsor of this training workshop. Notable among them was Senator Dickson, immediate past governor of Bayelsa state who lauded Prof. Azaiki on his commitment to human capital development in the state and for his untiring efforts towards human capacity building in Bayelsa State and beyond. Senator Dickson gave this commendation while declaring open the two-day leadership training and enterprise program organized by Prof. Steve Azaiki in collaboration with GOTNI Leadership Institute (Center), held in Jabi, Abuja, May 11, 2021.
He stated that empowering youths to be future leaders, a challenge which Prof. Azaiki was passionate about and would be of immense benefits to the individual, Bayelsa State and society at large. Senator Dickson called on other philanthropic individuals and organizations to contribute their quota to manpower and entrepreneurship development. The training which was thrown open for application online, ahead of the date, had participants from Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency, as well as other Bayelsans from different walks of life. It aimed at empowering the attendees with vital knowledge and skills, for effective leadership in their various personal endeavors, organizational goal setting and for the good of society at large.
Sponsor of the program, Prof. Steve Azaiki, disclosed that it was at his personal cost, as a part of giving back to society as he has been doing within and outside Bayelsa State over the years. He added that, human capacity building at his own cost, was one of the promises he made to his Constituents, assuring that more of such programs should be expected in the future. Prof. Azaiki acknowledged that youths from his Constituency and Bayelsa State, have the potential to aspire to any height in life, by dint of hard work, and if given necessary support by leaders. He however, advised against preference for momentary cash handouts from leaders, and rather urged youths to seek support for personal development in order to be self-reliant.
Other dignitaries at the opening session were Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tony Ndidi Elumelu; Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Hon. (Dr.) Uche Ogah; His Excellency Ambassador Godknows Boladei Igali, Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Federal University of Science and Technology (FUTA), Akure; Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Moses Jitibo; President of Nigerian Young Professionals, Mr. Seliko Moses, among others. Chairman of GOTNI Leadership Training Center, Dr. Linus Okorie while delivering the first paper of the day titled “Developing The Mind for Productivity”, highlighted the need for vision, integrity, passion, innovation, courage and intellectual capacity, as the hallmark of effective and efficient leadership a neccesity for every aspiring leader. Dr. Okorie added that every great invention and discovery that is useful to society, started from a creative mind and made manifest by effective leadership.
In a related paper, titled, “Critical thinking”, Mr. Olajide Abirisola, harped that critical thinking facilitates sound decision making needed to proffer cost-effective solutions to problems; enhances productivity and drives innovations. Participants expressed appreciation to the sponsor, Prof. Steve Azaiki and GOTNI for giving them the opportunity to attend the programme which they said has opened their horizons to what it takes to be an effective leader in their personal and organisational callings. The training programme continues and ends Wednesday, May 12, 2021 with more courses and simulations by participants, to be led by instructors.
(Ozekizibe Etete is a Broadcast Journalist and she was a participant at the training. This part of the story can also be found on her facebook wall)
Obesi Ben Otas writes below to appreciate Prof. Steve Azaiki for the profound opportunity this leadership training has offered him in his growth and development as an emerging leader in Bayelsa and beyond.
“Dear Prof. Steve Azaiki, I write to sincerely appreciate you for this laudable and unique initiative which I have rated as the best constituency project in the political history of Bayelsa State. History and research have continued to emphasize the need for human capacity building and social reorientation in Africa. No doubts this training will cause a positive mind-shift and expose the privileged participants to leadership realities; empower them to become change agents and 21st century informed leaders. As a member of your constituency and a young politician who has passion for leadership and desires to see the development of my people, I wish to express satisfaction in your performances as a member of the national assembly considering your contributions to national and human resource development in your two years in office. I was satisfied with the fact that you made the application process for participation in the Leadership Training to be transparent and open to all members of your constituency. The fact that you allowed the Leadership Institute to select participants from among only those who applied further buttresses your exemplary leadership prowess.I consider myself fortunate to be selected by GOTNI Leadership Centre to participate in this program which is first of its kind in its uniqueness to be organized and sponsored by a lawmaker in Bayelsa State.God bless you.”