The Lagos State Government has organised a two-day leadership capacity building workshop, tagged “Transformational Leadership Training for the Young Leaders”, to equip youths with requisite knowledge and skills for nation-building. The training held across the three Senatorial Districts and was attended by over 2000 participants.
In his welcome address, the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu said the workshop was focused on building the capacity of youths to become better leaders.
“This capacity workshop aligns with the policy thrust of the State Government, which is developing the teeming youth population as they have the capacity to move the State to the next level”, Dawodu noted.
Urging the youths to be transformational leaders, who enhance motivation, morale and performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms, the Commissioner encouraged the participants to develop appropriate personal relationships with one another to foster equity, respect and trust.
Dawodu gave an assurance that Lagos State Government will continue to work and encourage Civil Society Groups, Organised Private Sector, Academia, Philanthropists and others to support youths in various areas including employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, citizenship, protection of rights and education.
Similarly the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ayoola Olugbenga Aina stated that the workshop was designed for young leaders in the State to build their capacities as partners of today and leaders of tomorrow.
His words: “The workshop was organised to have young leaders, who have been inculcated with the spirit of leaders and are Thoughtful, Responsible, Articulate, Noble, Self-governing, Foresighted, Open to learning, Respectful, Mannered, Excellent and Devoted (TRANSFORMED), for societal development”.
The CEO of Rellies Works, Kemi Ogunkoya, who delivered the keynote address, challenged the youths to acquire leadership skills that would help them make progress.
In the address titled, “How to Accelerate Leadership Competence in the New World”, she listed clarity, character, connection and community as some of the elements that youths require to become transformational leaders.