The Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit organization has successfully held the second edition of its Get Involved Leadership Training (GILT).
Interestingly, the GILT is an all expenses paid residential leadership training course, where participants are lodged individually in modern luxurious hotels.
The second edition of the GILT was held in Osogbo, Osun State on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th October 2020 at Atlantis Civic Centre, Ring road, where 72 participants from the 30 local government areas of the state were adequately trained on effective leadership skills.
The participants were thoroughly trained on how to identify the core leadership practices for organizing for policy advocacy and civic engagement. Also, they were trained on how to build effective relationships for the successful implementation of advocacy initiatives at all levels.
In his keynote address, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the LGI, Hon. Shina Peller, described Nigerian youth as valuable assets and critical stakeholders who must strive to take up their rightful place in the nation-building process. He added that the Get Involved Leadership Training, which exposes the participants to requisite skills for them to be great leaders, will help make this a reality.
Hon. Peller said, “The Lead Generation Initiative is an organized movement for socio-political, economic and cultural change and development. It is a movement that takes pride in building and inspiring young people to get involved, and take responsibility for their communities and the nation at large.
“GILT is one of the numerous laudable programmes of the LGI, where participants are trained in effective leadership skills, strategic communication, political mobilization, active citizenship, and nation-building.
“This is the second edition of the GILT. The maiden edition took place in Ibadan, Oyo State, and feedback from the first edition has been an impressive one, which indicates that we have young Nigerians that are ready to consciously take charge of their immediate community, they only need a platform like GILT to thrive.”
Talking to the participants, Hon. Peller said, “As you embark on the journey of becoming leaders, choose to be an inter-dependent one that is trained to train others and garner likeminded people for effective community development. Do not hesitate to get involved in policymaking decisions and show interest in issues that concern governance and nation-building.”
He continued, “As emerging leaders you must display enthusiasm in community development, people will surely look up to you. And they will respond more openly if you possess passion and dedication for this cause. In other words, be a source of inspiration and be a motivator.”
One of the participants, Abdullateef Anifat, expressly commended the organizers of the training for coming up with such a great initiative. She added that the training has successfully exposed her to the new culture of politics and political organizing using best practices.
Moreover, most of the participants admitted that the training has made them understand better the concept of participatory leadership style for civic engagement, team dynamics and accountability, which is some of the qualities a great leader must possess.