Youth-targeted leadership mentoring necessary for societal development – Stakeholders


Kaura, Kaduna.


Political stakeholders in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State have called for a youth-targeted leadership mentoring process to engender the growth and development of the area.

The stakeholders made the call at a roundtable with the theme: `The Leaders as light Bearers of Society’, organised by Kaura Development Forum (KDF), on Tuesday in Kaura.

In his speech, Mr James Kanyip, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Kaduna State Governor, said mentoring was an indispensable factor in evolving successful leadership.

“Mentoring the youths to become leaders through collaborative and supportive leadership will put them on an enabling pedestal that will adequately prepare them for the task ahead.

“It will be difficult to have good governance without people who, from the onset, are well mentored, nurtured and prepared for leadership positions,” he said.

According to him, crime and poverty thrive when the youths are left idle and without leadership.

Also, Rev. Fr. Alexander Yayock of the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, tasked community associations to identify potential young leaders and groom them for the future.

Yayock said the youths were the greatest asset to any society, as such they should be groomed to offer fresh perspectives and innovative ideas for the growth and development of their communities and the country.

Mr Jerry Adams, the Executive Chairman, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, said leaders, as light bearers, must strive to give hope to their communities.

He advised the forum to come up with a communique of action and strategy to upscale the event to regional, state and national levels.

Earlier, the convener, Mr Lucky Ezra, said the leadership roundtable was borne out of the desire to inspire positive change and build the leadership capacity of Kaura citizens.

“We are here to exchange knowledge, inspire action, network, re-align our orientation and empower leaders and followers alike to be effective in service to humanity,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlight of the event was a panel session on the topic: `Tyranny of the followers and the challenges of leadership’, among other presentations.


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