Foundation promotes public sector leadership
The Chairman, Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, has said that the foundation is committed to building a new generation of public sector leaders to drive change across their various organisations.
A statement said he spoke when Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation celebrated its first international scholar among AIG public leaders programme graduates.
It stated that the programme, offered by the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation and the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, is an executive education programme that provides high-potential African public servants the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to create cultures of excellence, effectiveness, and integrity in their organisations.
According to the chairman, the foundation was part of its multi-billion naira commitment to facilitate the transformation of the public sector.
“The foundation’s partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford was a means of ensuring that these future public sector leaders had access to world class training, which would give them the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders,” he said.
He congratulated the graduates and urged them to use the learning they had gained from the programme in their various places of work.
He also urged the private sector to recognise the important role the public sector played in national development and encouraged more support for the reforms of the public sector.
In his keynote address, Prof Attahiru Jega, spoke on ‘Public sector leadership in times of crisis’.
Generally, he noted, in the contemporary world, times of crisis were challenging for everyone, including citizens and especially those in leadership positions.
He said that while managing and/or resolving these crises required certain leadership skill sets, character traits, and thinking abilities, many governments, including Nigeria, had not given adequate attention to recruiting, training, and mentoring capable executive employees to become good leaders.
The activities of organisations, such as the AIG-Imoukhuede Foundation, may serve to sensitise governments and begin to make them alive to their responsibilities, he said.