Recently, a specialized celebrities magazine, Nigerian TopLeaders International hosted its first International Conference and Awards in Accra-Ghana where people from various fields turned out enmasse. The publisher, Aminu Oyarekhua, spoke about the significance of the event and future plans of his organization.
Your magazine, Topleaders International recently hosted its first international conference and Awards conferment on eminent personalities in Ghana,Â what is the significant of this great event.
The Board of Editors of Topleaders International Magazine and other eminent Nigerians came up with the idea of the International conference/awards with the motive of showcasing African to the entire world, brain storming on critical issues facing the continent, unveiling the potentials in the ECOWAS sub-region and promotion of good governance, transparency, accountability and sustainable development.
The theme ofÂ the conference is â€œHow African Nations can survive global economic meltdown with specific reference to the Agricultural potentials in theÂ African continent. The conference paper was delivered by Prof. Jerome O. Gefu, Deputy Director, NAPRI Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria among other discussantsÂ including Prof. J.A Gwani, Dean Faculty of Education ABU Zaria and Prof. Godwin Peter Eruotor Director Centre of Research and International Studies, Delta State University Abraka among others. After the conference communiquÃ©s were sent to the various African leaders.
During the ceremony awards of different categories were conferred on eminent personalities organizations and institutions for their contribution to the overall development of their countries, African and the entire world. Also Topleaders International was launched to the GhanaÂ Public.
This year, Topleaders International will celebrate five years of its existence, how has the Journey been, and what are the future plans of the magazine.
In the last five years, the magazine has made tremendous impact in the society by unveiling credible achievers who have positively contributed to the growth of our great country (Nigeria), African and the entire world. The magazine has also been contributing to nation building by intellectually writing well researched features articles on current development in the country, discussing problems facing the citizenry and proffering necessary solutions.
However, the second edition of our annual international conference / awards will hold this year and plans are underway to rotate the conferences / awards among African nations especially the ECOWAS Sub region on yearly basis. After capturing the Africa sub-regions, there are plans to host the event in Chicago U.S.A and London in the near future.
Your magazine regularly discussed the problem of leadership, this year Nigeria will celebrate 50 years of Independence, how do you think, the country can overcome her leadership predicament.
In the Last 50 years of Nigeria as a Sovereign nation, leadership is the major problem. Though, theÂ founding fathers of Nigeria like Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Anthony Enahoro Saudana of Sokoto, AhmaduÂ Bello, Herbert Macaulay among others could be described as great nationalists and statesmen with the vision of transforming Nigeria to a great nation like U.S.A, but after the demise of these great patriots, the entire vision changed.
The leadership problem could also be blamed on long years of military incursion in the nationâ€™s governance, corruption, tribalism, religious bigotry, visionless leaders in the seat of power. The way forward is for our leaders to enthrone democratic values, good governance, electoral reforms before the 2011 elections, review of the constitution, passage of the freedom of information Bill, political education through the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the INEC should checkmate rigging in 2011 elections by ensuring one man, one vote.
Also, the electorate should be vigilant and ensure that credible people are elected into offices right from the local government councils, states and federal level. The Press should be in the vanguard of advocating for good governance, transparency and accountability instead of praise singing and giving unmerited accolades to non-performing political office holders.
Elected political office holders should undergo regular leadership training, conferences, seminars and workshops to update their knowledge and to understand the rudiments of good leadership.
The Federal government should also diversify the economy for maximum productivity and economic advancement.