Friday, March 11, 2016

SAFFGLIA berths in Lagos to promote good governance

The Segun Adeleye Foundation for Good Leadership in Africa (SAFFGLIA) has berthed in the commercial centre of the nation, Lagos, to encourage governments across the continent of Africa to embrace good governance in order to improve citizens standard of living, reports ITRealms.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the chairman of Bi-Courtney, Mr.  Wale Babalakin, were both represented by the Head, NAN Lagos operations, Mr. Joe Bankole and Head Corporate Communication, Resort International, Ms Molara Wood, respectively.

While Mohammed was the guest speaker, Babalaki chaired the event as “Setting Agenda For Good Leadership in Africa. 

The three in one event also witnessed the launch of a book: So Long Too Long Nigeria, authored by Mr. 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 done for good leadership in Nigeria.  According to him the present administration is a representation of the values that the Foundation stands for, adding that the government is proud to associate with the foundation.

The minister identified corruption as the biggest challenges facing African development. He noted that the administration of President Mohammed Buhari is committed to fighting the menace in order to secure the future of the unborn generations.

“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,” Minister said.

While reviewing the book, Managing Director, Freedom Online, Mr. Gabriel Akinadewo  cited the relevance  of Segun Adeleye’s  articles written about  eight years ago on infrastructural decadence, corruption, government policies, unemployment  among others  to present day Nigeria.

While recommending the book to those in authorities, government and corporate organizations Akinadewo 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 memory lane from the first coup in January 15, 1966 trying to identify where things went wrong. 

He pointed out how bad leadership had held Africa hostage for years preventing the young generations from attaining their full potential. 

He highlighted the visions of the foundation to include, to draw attention to activities of governments from local to national levels and encourage/ compel them to do things in the best interest of the people;  it will engage in leadership training programmes that will champion the spirit of development of their societies in Nigeria and Africa; it will promote research into good leadership in Africa, among others”.

The Senior Special Assistant to Osun State Governor, Dr Adeleke Ipaye, who represented Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the event commended the author, saying his crusade for positive leadership is in line with the agenda of the current leadership in Nigeria.

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Pix: R-L: Dr Adeleke Ipaye, Senior Special Assistant to Osun State Governor, representing the Governor Rauf Aregbesola; Molara Wood, Head Corporate Communications, Resort International Ltd, representing Dr Wale Babalakin; Mr Segun Adeleye, President/CEO World Stage Ltd and founder Segun Adeleye Foundation for Good Leadership in Africa (SAFFGLIA); Mr Joe Bankole, Head of Lagos Operations, News Agency of Nigeria representing Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Mrs Tosin Adeleye, Trustee of SAFFGLIA at the launch of the foundation and a book, ‘So Long Too Long Nigeria’ by Segun Adeleye at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos.

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