Mr Bonu Saanu, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, has urged tertiary institutions to review their Public Administration’s curriculum to address developmental challenges in the country.
Saanu said this at a leadership summit and awards’ ceremony organised by the Department of Public Administration, (Master in Public Administration) in the Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos on Wednesday.
The theme of the programme was: “Leadership Skills For National Transformation.”
Sannu said that a proper review of the Public Administration’s curriculum would engender societal development and upgrade the students’ mindsets from theory to practice.
” African countries believe that public administration is important for national development.
“Over the years, schools have produced certificate-based graduates that can not transform the society from its present state.
“I challenge our public administration undergraduate and postgraduate students to be more innovative in their various endeavours,” he said.
The special adviser noted that the Lagos State Government had transformed its public sector into an innovative and development-oriented one.
“It has yielded positive results because the Lagos State Civil Service is the best in Nigeria at the moment,” he said.
Prof. Banji Fajonyomi, Professor of Public Administration at LASU, said that good leadership skill is key to national development.
Fajonyomi, represented by Prof.Oyedamola Oke, Acting Vice-Chancellor of LASU, urged leaders to challenge themselves into transforming society.
“Nigerian youths can lead in any position in the country, but they need leadership skills and education to impact on the society.
“Every Nigerian leader also needs to improve on their characters so that they can make positive contributions to the nation,” he said.
Mr Yusuf Gbadebo, President, Masters in PublicAdministration(LASUMPA)Students Association, LASU, said that good education is important in improving leadership skills.
He said that education would always provide the information and power for the leadership and development of nations.
“Some basic information is lacking in Nigeria leadership style and they are affecting different leaders in different positions in the country.
“Nigerian youths who are interested in leadership must be diligent, hardworking and ready to serve without expecting anything in return,” Gbadebo said.