BY DAYO ADESULU
In its bid to celebrate and inspire past winners of Spelling Bee Competition known as Council of One Day Governors (CODG), President, New Era Foundation, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has charged the One-Day governors to aspire for greatness and be willing to give back to the country.
The luncheon which was tagged “A Future Sown in Greatness” was attended by the President, New Era Foundation, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregebesola, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr (Mrs) Temitope Ilori; ACN Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Sir Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas; Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Barr. (Mrs) Olayinka Oladunjoye; Chairman, Committee on Education, Science & Technology, Lagos State House of Assembly Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King; Chairman Amuwo-Odofin LGA. Comrade Ayodele Adewale, Princess Aba Folawiyo, and many others.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu said “Strive for greatness and also give back to society that is the only way to standout and to focus on self development and positive thinking in every sphere.
“We have total interest in societal development and making meaningful impact in changing the leadership issues in Nigeria. Our job as an NGO is to provide a role model for high ethical behaviour, instil the respect and trust needed for youths to take up key leadership positions in this country.”
In a paper presented by the Osun State governor, Aregbesola said that, “Nigeria is quite fortunate to have well- groomed young people like you. I have no doubt that by the time you finally come out of the purifying furnace of enriching soul, body and mind development, you will be better equipped and well-placed to provide enduring illumination to the overly dark corridors of leadership in Nigeria.”
A future sown in greatness
I take refuge in the timeless thought of the perceptive German artist and politician, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, that ‘ambition and love are the wings to great deeds’.
There is no doubt that you all have your feet on the rung of the ladder of greatness, carefully climbing to reach the summit of success in your individual career.
You are here today because you severally have ambition to be great and make a difference in your society.
Now that you have those requirements Goethe outlined as important for any good deeds to take place, there is yet another inevitable demand that will ensure the birth of those good deeds.
Also, if the future that you have sown in greatness will impact humanity for good, you must never jettison honesty, diligence and sincerity.
What the efforts you put into preparing for the Spelling Bee that qualified you to be One-Day Governor in Lagos State teaches you the overriding importance of hard work. As you walk your way into the great future you have prepared for yourselves, you must not dispense with diligence. And since you did not cheat your way into becoming a one-day governor, you must never succumb at any time to cutting corners in all that you do. Whatever success you achieve by stealing or cheating your way to the top will not endure.
To the many wandering youths out there, you must remain quintessential examples of honesty and faithfulness. You must continue to be active agents in the cause of re-orientating your fellow youths out there who erroneously are of the view that leadership is about amassing public wealth”, he concluded.