CILG Holds Leadership Conference, Inducts new Members

The Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance (CILG) Nigerian Chapter held her second annual leadership conference last week in Abuja. Charles Olewezi writes that the event witnessed the induction of new members as well as awards for deserving members of the institute.

Thursday, the 28th of November, 2019 will remain indelible in the lives of the members of the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance, (USA) Nigerian Chapter as the Institute held her second annual leadership conference and awards.

For an institute which is just two years in Nigeria, the conference was marked with a touch of excellence with the high and mighty in Nigeria’s politics, academics, business and entertainment in attendance.

Leading the pack was a former minister of state for power, Hon.(Barr.) Mohammed Wakil, OON who served as the chairman of the occasion; the current Minister for Interior and former governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola ably represented by ACI Taofeek Odetunde, a development consultant and public affairs analyst, Mr. Jide Ojo, a Professor of Economics at the University of Abuja and CILG BOT Chairman, Prof. Peter Siyan amongst other dignitaries.
The theme for the event – “Leadership and Institutional Reforms, Strategy for Sustainable National Development” was apt given the critical situation we found ourselves in Nigeria. Seasoned analysts were on ground to do justice to the topic.

In his welcome address, a member of the board of trustees of CILG Nigeria, Hon. Yinka Olatunbosun noted that
the institute seeks to prepare and equip individual members with ideas and innovations geared towards a proper and effective handling of societal values and problems through the teaching of homegrown leadership and administrative skills.

He said “CILG is the ideal institute to provide the needed leadership skills for leaders at all levels. It is a blessing to belong and associate with CILG in Nigeria and other parts of the world.”

In his introductory remark, the Regional Director of CILG, Nigeria, Dr. Segun Ojarotade explained that CILG is a professional body established under the laws of the State of New Mexico, United States of America. According to Dr. Ojarotade, some of the objectives of the CILG include:

“To provide training in the areas social and political leadership governance and public policies relevant for public life, government administration, social sector, non profit organizations, corporate sector; To conduct individual or collaborative research relating to leadership, governance studies and other public policies; To emerge as a think tank and help build bridges between academic and policy makers with a view to increasing their capability to understand and tackle socio-political national and international issues and processes in order to enhance awareness and critical understanding.” He noted that as a member of CILG one will gain recognition and acceptance within the industry which include the use of her post nominal letters – GCILG for fresh graduates, ACILG for Associates, MCILG for Full Members, FCILG for Fellows, and Hon-FCILG for Honourary Fellows.

A total of 45 notable Nigerians were inducted into the Fellows category including the former Minister of State for Power, Hon.(Barr.) M. Wakil OON, an Assistant General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Ezekiel Odeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, a development consultant and public affairs analyst Mr. Jide Ojo among others. Also three members were inducted into the Full Members category, nine in the Associate category and five in the Graduate category.

Two members received Merit Awards for their outstanding service to the Institute. They are Hon. Yinka Olatunbosun (BOT Member) and Mr. Kunle Adeniyi.

There were cultural displays from the members of the National Youth Service Corps, FCT, Abuja to spice up the event.

In a goodwill message, one of the newly inducted Fellows of CILG, Pastor (Mrs.) Miriam Olatunbosun thanked the board of trustees of CILG for finding her worthy for the fellowship award and promised to be a good ambassador of the institute by offering the right leadership in her place of work, church and family.
” I will ensure that I uphold the ideals of good governance at all times and also be an example of a good leader.’