President, African Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has said there is need for a massive rebirth and proper financing of education to have a new Nigeria.
Adesina spoke virtually at the maiden 2020 Prize Presentation Ceremony and Graduation of 53 Leadership Ambassadors organised by the Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL) in Abuja on Saturday.
The event had as its theme: “Leadership Excellence and the Secret of Weaving Diversity into National Cohesion”.
Adesina said that to produce effective leaders, the society must hold the leaders accountable for the roles they played in national development.
He noted that there was need for a rigorous learning culture that would challenge the youths on skills development and creativity.
“Leaders are change agents for good governance. For the Nigeria we hope for, we must prepare and build a leadership pipeline that will translate to effective management of human capital.
“It is important for leaders to listen to public opinions. Those who give up easily in the face of criticism are not leaders. Leaders always have clear visions and keep visions simple.
“Effective leaders must learn to appreciate diversity and desire development. The culture of rigourous learning enables strong academic and mental growth and exposes global interactions and it fosters excellence.
“There is therefore urgent need for a massive rebirth and proper financing of a new education system for a new Nigeria as well as full transparency of governance system,”he said.
The ADB president called on the youths to learn from the history of past leaders as a way to redirecting their steps toward becoming successful leaders of this great country.
He charged the various leaders of the country to reinvent their approach by focussing on youths and, as well unleash the entrepreneurial capacity of the youths.