A foundation, Segun Adeleye Foundation for Good Leadership in Africa (SAFFGLIA) to encourage governments across Africa to embrace good governance in order to uplift the standard of living of the people among was unveiled Thursday in Lagos.
The event, held at the Afe Babalola Hall of the University of Lagos on Thursday March 10, 2016, was attended by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who, as guest speaker, spoke on “Setting Agenda For Good Leadership in Africa”.
The chairman of Bi-Courtney, Wale Babalakin, represented by Molara Wood, Head Corporate Communication, Resort International, chaired the event.
The three in one event also witnessed the launch of a book: “So Long Too Long Nigeria, written by Segun Adeleye, Founder of SAFFGLIA and President/CEO, World Stage Limited.
The minister, who was represented by the Director, Lagos Operations, News Agency of Nigeria, Joe Bankole, described the birth of SAFFGLIA as the beginning of a new dawn for good leadership in Nigeria.
According to him the present administration represents values the Foundation stands for, adding that the government is proud to associate with the foundation.
The minister identified corruption as the biggest challenge facing Africa. He noted that the administration of President Mohammed Buhari was committed to fighting the menace in order to secure the future of unborn generations.
He said, “Leadership is about integrity and accountability and Nigerians has voted for President Buhari to change the face of leadership in Nigeria and transform the nation for the benefit of all, and Nigerians really need to give him time to enjoy the promised change.”
While reviewing the book, the Managing Director, Freedom Online, Gabriel Akinadewo, underlined the relevance of Mr. Adeleye’s articles, written seven to eight years ago, on infrastructural decadence, corruption, government policies, and unemployment to the present situations in the country.
While recommending the book to those in authorities, government and corporate organizations, he noted that, “The fact that majority of issues captured in the book are testimonies of present realities in the country today shows that Nigeria has not changed over the years.”
In his opening remarks, titled, “Africa: The Tragedy of Wrong History”, Mr. Adeleye went down memory lane from the first coup in January 15, 1966, in trying to locate where things went wrong.
He pointed out how bad leadership had held Africa hostage for years, preventing the younger generations from attaining their full potential.
He highlighted the visions of the foundation to include calling attention to activities of governments from local to national levels and encouraging/ compelling them to do things in the best interest of the people.
The foundation, he said, would also engage in leadership training programmes and promote researches into good leadership in Africa.
Adeleke Ipaye, a Senior Special Assistant to the Osun State governor represented Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the event.
He commended the author, saying his crusade for positive leadership was in line with the agenda of the current leadership in Nigeria.
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