Nige­rian youth lack lead­er­ship skills – Fr. Ag­bagwa

Daily Trust - - YOUTHVILLE - Text by Cle­ment A. Oloyede

Nige­ri­ans do not pre­pare for lead­er­ship, and that is why we do not have the val­ues and skills, the Pres­i­dent of Centre for So­cial Aware­ness, Ad­vo­cacy and Ethics (CSAAE), Rev. Fa­ther Godswill Ag­bagwa has said.

Ag­bagwa who spoke re­cently in Abuja ar­gued that even as lead­ers are trained in de­vel­oped coun­tries of the world, there is no con­scious and sys­tem­atic ef­fort to train and re­di­rect the young ones in Nige­ria.

He said min­gling with univer­sity stu­dents in Nige­ria in the past three years have given him a dis­ap­point­ing re­al­iza­tion of the way things are.

“If we do not have a road map of how we are go­ing to change th­ese stu­dents, things are go­ing to be worse. I have been with Univer­sity stu­dents in Nige­ria for three years, I re­al­ized that things are very bad in Nige­ria. If noth­ing is done, Nige­ria will be worse than what we are see­ing to­day,” he said.

He said the Pres­i­dent Buhar­iled anti-graft war is com­mend­able but more is still needed to be done es­pe­cially in order to tackle the sit­u­a­tion at the root.

“I am very happy that the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is do­ing anti-graft but if you ar­rest ev­ery­body and keep the money, the younger ones will go and steal it again, that is the prob­lem. By the time you ar­rest ev­ery­body, there will be no room again in jail,” he said.

Ag­bagwa said they have come up with cam­pus-based project called Emerg­ing Lead­ers Project (EPL) to men­tor youth and help them build ca­pac­i­ties, com­pe­ten­cies and char­ac­ter for pos­i­tive so­cial change in Nige­ria.

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