The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state, who is also a founder of ‘Nations Leadership Institute,’ Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo has called for frequent training of politicians as a solution to bad governance in the country.
Akogun made the call in Ilorin while presenting certificate to some selected politicians, who graduated from his institute.
He said “perhaps there is no field of human endeavour where knowledge and skills are demanded but are abysmally absent than in the contemporary field of politics and politicking in Nigeria”
“My long years of participation in partisan politics where I have seen it all, have created in me some burdens; burdens on the issue of leadership and politics.
“So many things are certainly wrong with our politics, politics without principle,ideology, enlightened self-interests, programmes, manifesto, commitment, docile electorates/citizens and unaccountable leadership”
Akogun noted that problems are legion, yet politics remains the most reliable instrument of getting whatever we want in an organised human society.
He, however, said “such a demanding field of human endeavour should not be invaded by ill-trained, ill-mannered and absolutely ill-brought up children”
He stated that burden for effective and progressive political leadership is the vision behind the establishment of ‘Nations Leadership Institute’
“We are conscious of the fact that without fixing our politics, we never can fix our economy and there shall be no prosperity in the land.
“School for Democratic Solution, which happened to be one of the five schools of the Institute, is the anchor of the weekly political dialogue.
“The idea behind the weekly political dialogue is to infuse some understanding and knowledge into the mind of those that must take a plunge into politics and leadership at whatever level.
“It is our belief that while the science of politics is taught in our universities; the art of politics is learnt on the field.
“There are some people in politics that specialise in party or election administration, while some make their stint by standing for election; and some that traverse all areas of politics. But in whatever area one may want to make his or her mark, training or preparation is imperative”
Akogun, further stated that, the graduands of political dialogue are now sent out to effect some changes in the political landscape of Kwara and Nigeria in general.
According to him, with the knowledge garnered from this institute, you are to be the ambassadors of this institute, even more than the certificate we give you, let the demonstration of the knowledge, information and skill acquired be the true certificate and testimonial that you have passed through this institute
In his good will message, the factional Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa said the programme is coming at a point where the need for training of politicians is needed in the state and the country as a whole.
He said since the country is practicing democracy, the people being put forward for political position should be people that are qualified to hold such positions.
Edited by Felix Ajide