By Emmanuel Elebeke
PRESIDENT and founder of Guardian of the Nation International, GOTNI, Dr. Linus Okorie, has said that the fastest way Nigeria can make progress is to begin to invest in leadership development in such a way that excellence can become a norm in the country.
Okorie stated this in Abuja, while delivering a lecture entitled: Leadership a Panacea to National Transformation: New approaches and Fresh opportunities at the combined awards ceremony, convocation/matriculation and call to hall of fame of African Business School, said Africa is a great continent blessed with natural resources but couldn’t attain its potentials due to leadership deficit, which had caused her great shame, pain and disgrace.
For the continent to progress, Okorie said, Africans must begin to make excellence become a norm and have a critical mass of people doing excellent things, that will become part of the way of doing things. While insisting that Africans have all it takes to move the continent to place of pride, Okorie, who is also an attitude and leadership development consultant said, ”we need to innovate in our continent so that we can give the world what the world is looking for. The fastest way Nigeria can make progress is to begin to invest in leadership development in such a way that excellence can become a norm in our country. For me, it should no longer be a blame game but time has come for this generation to begin the transformation from individuals.
”Africa is a very great continent. It is a great continent indeed, blessed with natural resources. Resources that is filled with greatness in it in all ramification. But for five decades, Africa has been challenged by the huge deficit of quality leadership capital. Deficit in leadership capital in our continent has caused us a great shame, pain and disgrace.”