President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said Nigeria’s failure to address leadership issue with deliberate policies will continue to worsen its problems.
He said there is a need for the country to adopt a deliberate policy to sustain and create leadership at all levels of governance, as there is a dearth of quality leadership in the country.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan
Lawan stated this at the inauguration of the fourth cohort of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship in Kaduna.
The senate president explained that the deficient leadership at all levels of government in Nigeria is a major factor hindering the country from attaining certain development
According to him, there is a need for government at all levels to come up with a deliberate leadership policy to support the kind of goals the country must achieve, Peoples Gazette reports.
“In all cases we never stated anything about leadership in Nigeria for us to reach the level of development that we need in our country, every part, segment and strata of the society must have a developed, deliberately focused leadership, so that what we do at the local level compliments what we do at the state level and from there, terminating at the apex – at the Federal level.
“No matter how hard we try to develop our country at the federal level, if our states are not able to provide the kind of leadership and complementary development, then we cannot achieve the kind of goals and targets that we feel we must achieve as a country,” Lawan said.
Speaking further on the insecurity ravaging the country, he said there is a need for a collaborative effort from all state governments to overcome security challenges and not just those affected by banditry and terrorism outright.
He said if there are quality leaders at all levels of government, it will positively impact the country because they are being prepared for the task.
“It is not about your state; wherever there is good development in this country it spirals into others. When Boko Haram started in the North-East, some people felt that was a Borno state matter but today Boko Haram is beyond Nigeria and no one in Nigeria is safe.
“It is with leadership, if we have leadership in any part of the country, it wraps up positively on other part of the country.
“When we have these array of leaders Nigeria has a hope that we will have leaders who are not only willing to give leadership because they happened to be there but because they have been prepared to give leadership,” he added.
In 2015, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, set up the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship, a leadership mentorship and training programme for young people.
The programme is named after the first Governor of Northern Nigeria, Sir Kashim Ibrahim.
SaharaReporters, New York