By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
Salem University, Lokoja has leftÂ no one inÂ doubt of its determination to continually do justice to its total leadership training concept which is meant to make out of its studentsÂ effective leaders, nation-builders as well as job creators.
The young university has broadened the scope of the leadership training programme by inviting scholars, motivational speakers and professional trainers from overseas to expose its students to international ideas.
Recently, the university playedÂ host to Dr. Stanley Nnochirionye aÂ don who is based in the United States of America to lecture the students on the application of modern communication technology in leadership.
In his lecture, Dr. Nnochirionye, a telecommunication expert and an associate professor in East Central University, United Kingdom, said that a leader in this century must be competent in modern communication technology in order to be an effective leader. He lauded the university for embracing this leadership training programme, adding that with the existence of institutions like Salem University in Nigeria, there will soon be no need for Nigerians to go abroad for studies.
In line with this vision, the university had,Â during its pre-matriculation,Â similarly invited a US-based life transformational coach and leadership trainer in the person of Keith Rolle to address the students on Excellence in Leadership.
After making his presentation to the students at Lokoja, Rolle had donated leadership and motivational books to the university and a sum of N80,000 to the best graduating student in the College of Peace and Social Sciences when the university turns out the first graduating set in three yearsâ€™ time.
Captain Reuben Omaji, a Nigerian serving in the Australian Army is also on the list of professionals who have trained the students of Salem University.
In his lecture titled: â€œEffective Leadership: A Military Perspectiveâ€, Omaji told the students to know themselves, develop their subordinate potentials and have a plan before they can become effective leaders, adding that servant leadership is crucial for nation-building.
While commenting on the dedication of the university to the total leadership training concept, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Omojo Omaji stated that nothing will be left undone by the university in its quest to raise leaders who will be change agents in their generation through exposure to international ideas. He therefore called on parents whose children attend the Christian university to join hands with the institution in moulding the students so that the Nigerian society and the world at large will benefit from their leadership skills.