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Nigerian Govs To Undergo Leadership Training In Rwanda By UNDP

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The United Nations Development Programme is organising a three-day leadership retreat for the 36 state governors.
The programme slated for August 24-27 in Kigali, Rwanda is fully funded by the UNDP.
In an invitation letter to the participants dated Wednesday, August 23, 2023, made available to newsmen by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the same day, the agency said the retreat is part of its commitment to raising the level of governance in Africa and other parts of the world.
“In today’s dynamic world, the multiplicity of megatrends – ranging from invisible threats to democratic governance, the impact of an increasingly digital and innovation-driven society, a looming job crisis, a growing youth population with an elusive youth dividend, the rapid pace of urbanisation, a highly globalised world, to rising climate change, pose tremendous challenges for African countries,” Lealem Dinku of UNDP said, adding that “A new leadership approach is required to transform these challenges into opportunities.”
The official also added that “The programme is designed to provide a transformative platform for public officials to collectively reflect, learn and exchange insights on effective leadership and complex challenges. By focusing on experiential learning, exploration and reflection, the distinguished participants will be equipped with the necessary skills and competencies to lead in highly complex and uncertain environments.”
Respected facilitators according to the letter, have been pooled from around the world to facilitate sessions such as “Re-imagining and Exploring the Future of Nigeria”, “Opportunities and challenges of contemporary leadership in a ‘New’ World”, “The future of development as influenced by digital transformation, big data, disruptive innovation and emerging technologies”, “Ensuring Socio-economic Transformations: Industrialisation, agriculture, climate and green transition”, “Revenue generation and resource mobilisation” and “Effective leadership communication in a fast-changing world”.
Other sessions include “The future of pan-africanism and integration in a changing world”, “Managing diversity and enhancing social cohesion for socio-economic transformation”, and “Personal mastery: nurturing leadership from within.”
Among those lined up to speak at the retreat are Governors Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, former President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Arkebe Oqubay, Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Asishana Okauru and Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa, Ahunna Eziakonwa.
The facilitators include Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani; former President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka; the UNDP resident representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Yahya; co-founder of the Africa Innovation Summit, Olugbenga Adesida among others
The UNDP says it expects the programme, being organised in partnership with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, to equip participating leaders with enhanced leadership skills, knowledge, and the mindset necessary to cultivate the leading of others.
“This requires the nurturing of skills to support deep listening and self-awareness. These masteries are key to ensuring that leaders can understand, lead, and make informed decisions for the betterment of their constituents.
“Effective leadership is crucial for navigating the complexities of the emerging world. State governors will have critical roles to play in shaping the future of their states and the country. This proposed programme aims to equip them with the necessary leadership competencies to lead with excellence, foster inclusive governance, drive innovation, build collaborative relationships, and address emerging challenges. By investing in leadership development, we can empower them to lead the transformation of their states and, in turn, Nigeria,” the UN agency said.

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