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Experts Advocate For Change In Nigeria's Governance

Political and leadership experts: Dr Oby Ezekwesili, others call for governmental transformation

Political, policy, and leadership experts are urging for a profound change in Nigeria's governance.

Their collective voice was heard at a prestigious event in Abuja, commemorating the graduation of the 2023 cohort from the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) over the weekend.

Distinguished speakers at the convocation encouraged the graduates to actively pursue positive change and increased accountability within Nigerian governance. This ceremony underscored the vital role of engagement and accountability in Nigeria's governance process, aligning with the SPPG's overarching mission.

Alero Ayida-Otobo, the CEO of SPPG, acknowledged the surge in applications to the school, attributing it to heightened media coverage. She emphasized SPPG's mission to cultivate a new generation of political leaders committed to serving a citizenry that knows their rights.

In her message to the graduates, Ayida-Otobo emphasized the qualities of effective leadership using the 'CERTAIN' acronym: connection, evidence-driven decision-making, resilience, tirelessness, integrity, and unwavering values.

She expressed gratitude to the MacArthur Foundation, Arise News, and the Gerrad Olisa-Asha (GOA) Foundation for their steadfast support.

Dr. Yetunde Anibaba, the Dean of Faculty at SPPG, envisioned a future where peace and justice prevail in Nigeria and Africa. She asserted that history would be rewritten, and she hoped the graduates would be on the right side of that history.

Ndidi Justina Edeoghon, the Best Graduating Student (Female) and recipient of the Benjamin and Cecilia Ujubuonu 21st Century Leadership Award, shared her motivation for joining the program. She expressed deep concern for the Nigerian economy and how the program equipped her with the skills to navigate challenges and make informed decisions.

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili joined the call for a value-oriented societal transformation, emphasizing that change in Africa is certain and inevitable but requires addressing existing anomalies. She stressed the enduring importance of character, describing it as the currency of life.



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