Senator wants mentoring of citizens on leadership positions

By Asma'u Halilu, Abuja


The Senator representing Borno Central, Kashim Shettima has called on Nigerian Governors to nurture citizens from across the Country, leadership skills and abilities for utilisation in future.

Shettima made the call in an interview with Voice of Nigeria when he visited Kaduna to deliver a paper to Kashim Ibrahim Fellows who are nurtured by Kaduna State government to become promising leaders in future. 

The Senator commended the State government for providing the fellows opportunity to participate in the fellowship programme which is meant to mentor them on good leadership qualities.

“I personally commend Governor Nasiru El-Rufai for this initiative as it encourages the fellows to accommodate one another, learn the spirit of togetherness and forgiveness and to as well work towards the unity and progress of Nigeria,” the Senator stated.

He said; “From our discussion, the young fellows are pregnant with ideas for the transformation of the Nation which will push the Nation to the next level. 

“The beauty of this program is the selection of participants from across the Country irrespective of their religious and cultural backgrounds which no Governor in the Country has initiated. I call on other Governors to emulate this great initiative.’’

Shettima therefore advised the fellows to utilise the knowledge and skills of leadership acquired within the period of mentoring, saying, they are intelligent people with vibrant ideas to lead when given the opportunity.

In August 2018, the Kaduna State Government welcomed the inaugural class of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows Programme who were selected from across Nigeria.

The rigorous selection which produced 16 Fellows for one-year Fellowship is to develop and nurture leadership ability in them with specific focus on the promising leaders of the future.

The one year programme aims to create a network of high potential young Nigerians who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in the public sector and other spheres of activity over the next decade.


Mercy Chukwudiebere