Kaduna State government has initiated a programme to nurture leadership ability amongst youths across Nigeria with a specific focus on promising leaders of the future.
While unveiling the programme, ‘Sir Kashim Ibrahim Fellows’, the governor said about sixteen youths were drawn from across the Country who would be engaged in reflection, lectures and seminars on leadership.
The programme is aimed at conceiving leadership training platform for young people and offering the fellows one year of training at the heart of governance.
The Governor mentioned that, the training would enable them build wider networks and share ideas with distinguished leaders from various sectors.
“The programme is administered by a governing board of accomplished persons and will be run daily by a program secretariat. It will create network of high potential young Nigerians who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in the public sector and other spheres of activities over the next decade”
“This non partisan program is to raise the next generation of leaders who would most likely be absorbed into the Nigerian public sector, having had a firsthand experience of its working and challenges,” he explained.
El-Rufai further explained that, a steering committee was inaugurated to select the best amongst the over 1,377 who applied which at the long-run selected only 16.
“The governing board as well ensured that the fellows represent the diversity of the Country including the gender balance. We ended up with 9 males and 7 females”.
“The governing board has designed a commendable leadership development program aimed at producing the next generation of inclusive, patriotic and resolve oriented managers of human and materials resource in the public sector,” El Rufai stated.
He therefore called on the first set of fellows to seek the moment and apply themselves with the energy required to make success of this opportunity.
The programme has a tenure of one year with a governing board which consist of twelve members with the governor as the Chairman.