The Case for Leadership and Ethics in Sustaining Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Development

April 05, 2021 / 10:00AM / Ottoabasi Abasiekong for WebTV / Header Image Credit: EcoGraphics

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High value for leadership, ethics, and accountability would help Nigeria
achieve inclusive socio-economic development. Alhaji Tijjani Borodo, the Second
Vice-President of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Nigeria made this point at
the formal launch of his book “A Journey in Leadership: An Autobiography”.


The accomplished lawyer, administrator, and former Company Secretary,
FBN Holdings Plc believed that Nigeria was a great nation blessed with immense
resources (human and natural), that require strategic and responsible leaders.


Speaking on Nigeria’s diversity and pluralism he said the way forward
for Nigeria’s stability, was zero tolerance for nepotism but the prioritization
of competence in political and government appointments.


Giving his perspective on the value of ethics and governance in ‘Corporate Nigeria’ he said from the financial market to other sectors,
corporate governance and adherence to its provisions was critical to the
sustainability of companies and organizations.


He said the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria and the Society for
Corporate Governance Nigeria (SGCN), are two bodies he belongs to that have
been at the forefront of promoting programmes and initiatives, that would
strengthen institutions and drive accountability.


Looking at the state of the nation and the issue of restructuring, he
agreed that Nigeria must develop a structure that guarantees equitable
distribution of resources across the nation.


He said every state should be given it’s due and Nigeria’s federation
must be repositioned in a way that does not marginalize any region, or deprive
them of their rights and benefits.


With the growing frustration and agitation of the teeming youthful
population, he noted that the recent #ENDSARS protest was a manifestation of
the challenges in the country and the poor engagement of the young people.


He called for constructive engagement with the youth and strategic
policies and programmes, that will create economic opportunities for them to
harness their skills and potentials for the development of the nation.


Despite the regional agitations and the rise in the presence of
insurgency, Alhaji Borodo was optimistic that Nigeria would navigate past the
problems and become a great nation.

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