Fashola, Obi Call for Return of Values Among Leaders

R-L Mr. Paschal Dozie, The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, Gov. Raji Fashola, Mr. Dipo Fatogun and Prof. Juan Elegido, at the 2024 Annual Conference on Corporate Governance organized by Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, yesterday.

R-L Mr. Paschal Dozie, The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, Gov. Raji Fashola, Mr. Dipo Fatogun and Prof. Juan Elegido, at the 2024 Annual Conference on Corporate Governance organized by Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, yesterday.

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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Raji Fashola and the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi have narrowed down the problem of Nigeria to failure of leadership. They both spoke yesterday at the Oriental Hotel, during the 2024 Annual Conference on Corporate Governance organized by Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria under the theme of : “Leadership and Governance in the Public Sector.”
Speaking at the event, Gov. Fashola who said that the question of leadership was the question of values, described public sector leadership as the management of public trust. Analyzing the qualities a leader should have , he says: “A leader must have the strength to bear the burdens of the led; the wisdom to represent us; the patience to listen to the people even when he has no solution; he must be fair to all even when he has his favorites.”
In his own contribution, the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi said that part of the problem with governance in Nigeria was the misplacement of values and priorities. “Sometimes I wonder what has happened to the values of our people. A bank wants to have their meeting in Dubai even when the problem they want to discuss is in Nigeria. Such wastefulness is even witnessed more in public service, where a lot of money is wasted because of mounting cost of governance. I saved money for the State because I cut the cost of governance.”
Using Singapore as an example, Obi said it moved from 3rd World to 1st World because its leadership focused on the right things by absorbing their best in academics into the civil service. He said that the idea of most Nigerians about public and corporate service was a platform to amass wealth and engage in Epicurean indulgence. He called on Nigerians to start asking questions about the life and conduct of their leaders.
Obi who said that governance has greatly improved, commended Gov. Raji Fashola for his good work and encouraged the Governors to keep striving to improve for the ultimate good of the country
Represented by Mr. Dipo Fatogun, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele also harped on absence of values as the major problem facing leadership in Nigeria.
Some of those present include Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, Mr. Paschal Dozie, Mr. Dayo Lawuyi, Prof. Juan Elegido, among others.
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