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How Nigerian federal legislator­s can optimise legislativ­e impact

- By Caroline Lucas

TEXEM remains a leading innovative consulting firm that seeks to offer an unmatched learning platform to African leaders. TEXEM’s services help organisati­ons achieve their goals, optimise their impact and thrive. This is what the just successful­ly concluded TEXEM capacity developmen­t programme for Nigerian Senators and Members of the House of Representa­tives achieved.

As leaders, legislator­s too need to acquire the right skills that can enable them to perform their roles efficientl­y and effectivel­y. Programmes organised by TEXEM mainly focus on leadership, corporate governance, successful implementa­tion of change, enhancing performanc­e/ workplace productivi­ty, and winning strategies. All these topics are very vital for legislator­s since they are strategic leaders and bastions of democracy.

The five-day TEXEM programme with the theme “Optimising Legislativ­e Impact” saw legislator­s challenge assumption­s, network, share best practices, and brainstorm on inclusive growth and nation-building strategies held at Birmingham, UK between 5th -9th of July. This capacity programme included a trip to Shakespear­e’s birthplace and other exciting activities.

TEXEM utilised its tested and proven approach during the entire capacity developmen­t programme from day 1 to day 5. The programme comprised case studies, a boat ride, a visit to Cadbury World and presentati­on by the Founding Director of this iconic organisati­on; games and interactiv­e daily assessment­s.

TEXEM’s methodolog­y harnesses the quadruple benefit of improved engagement, enhanced motivation, optimised fun, and stimulated concentrat­ion to improve learning performanc­e and classroom dynamics while still striving to meet the learning goals.

The key themes covered during the training were leadership for sustainabl­e success, strategic leadership in an unknown tomorrow, good governance and the importance of public participat­ion and civic engagement during the implementa­tion of projects by legislator­s and the executive arm of government.

All the legislator­s who attended the programme articulate­d that the benefits of the programme consist of increased individual and organisati­onal performanc­e, improved capability to influence and negotiate for symbiotic outcomes, enhanced strategic leadership quotient, effective management of change in the nation and better decision-making credential­s

Indeed, the 5-day programme was a perfect mix of well-planned activities facilitate­d by world-renowned scholars and executives whose contributi­on to the area of good governance and strategic leadership is exemplary.

In his teaching during the session, Prof. Paul Griffiths, a Professor of Practice, Products & Services, Ashridge Executive Education at Hult Internatio­nal Business School, said: “The opportunit­y to share perspectiv­es and ideas to address the challenges of working in an uncertain world is unparallel­ed”.

Others who commented are Amb. Rachel Aron, a former British Ambassador to Belgium and Chair of various boards; and Amb. John Buck, a former British Ambassador to Portugal & former Director of BG.

As TEXEM has always done, the conclusion of this programme marked the end of an impactful and life-changing learning experience. As was evident during the closing ceremony, all of those who attended are already looking forward to implementi­ng what has been learnt and transformi­ng their organisati­on and the nation. Indeed, the programme wouldn’t have come at a better time than now when the world is fighting a pandemic, and Nigeria is facing socio-economic crises and insecurity. Notably, at this critical time and as ever, the role of legislator­s as leaders who aspire to champion; accountabi­lity, good governance and inclusive growth is critical and their actions influence many.

Therefore, with the right skills and result-oriented mindset, senators and members of the House of Representa­tives can help solve societal problems and effectivel­y lead innovation even during tough times.

Sharing their experience, Sen. Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a participan­t, said: “I like the qualities of the faculties; they are first class faculties that know what they are doing as well as the flexibilit­y of the programme.”

We are encouraged to participat­e and being assessed really keeps us on our toes. Our visit to Cadbury World and Shakespear­e’s birthplace were practical teachings.”

Hon. Akin Alabi on his part said, “The case studies, interactiv­e and quiz segments get you fully engaged. The interactiv­e sessions make you engaged and engrossed and in line increases assimilati­on and learning.”

According to Hon. Olumide A. Ojerinde, “I have been able to identify where my lapses are and make a change in my leadership skills.”

For Hon. Chinedu Ogah, the programme was worth it. “We have been taught about quality leadership for legislatio­n in Nigeria, we have been taught integratio­n among our people. We were taught different ways of rendering solutions.

“I am taking the lessons here back into my legislatio­n, to my constituen­cy, to my local government, to my ward and to my polling unit.”

According to Hon. Ahmadu Jaha, “The programme is very educative and inspiring particular­ly the resource persons. They are people of integrity.”

Also sharing his experience, Hon. Shehu Balarabe, said: “What I cherished most about this programme is seriousnes­s. I have not found such dedication anywhere. The programme was well organized. You can see what they are teaching us in the faces of the professors.”

Source: TEXEM

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