By Augusta Uchediunor
The Chairman of Akinjide Adeosun Foundation (AAF), Mr Akinjide Adeosun, says there is need for emphasis on presidency in Nigeria to be on merit rather than sentiment, ethnic or religious bias.
Adeosun spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the AAF Year 6 Colloquium in Lagos.
It had as its theme: “ Visionary Leadership’’.
The AAF aims to strengthen the five leadership capability of today’s leaders and building a pipeline of future leaders.
Over the past six years, it has contributed to building a strong today for a stronger tomorrow, with investments in monetary, material and human resources in positively changing the leadership paradigm positively.
Adeosun, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ST.RACHEAL’S™ Pharmaceutical, said: “On rotational presidency, Nigeria should swing the pendulum towards meritocracy.
“We need a visionary leader irrespective of tribe to pilot our affairs. Multinationals do not consider nationality when developing talents and placing talents in leadership positions.
“Nigeria needs to adopt this best practice. We don’t need a brand new constitution.
“We may amend the current to correct some anomalies. The states of Lagos and Rivers are performing excellently in infrastructural under this same constitution.
“Akwa Ibom has launched Ibom Air under this same constitution which puts Aviation under the Exclusive List.’’
Adeosun said that he recommends that sub nationals take 80 per cent of their resources and contribute 20 per cent to the “centre’’.
This, he said, will make states to be creative and stop the monthly crave for Abuja money.
Adeosun said he was also against State Police.
“We must be careful not to create another problem because of a perceived problem.
“If we allow state police in Nigeria, don’t be surprised if Nigerians in future start asking for State Army, State Airforce and State Navy.
“ I suggest the constitution is amended to allow guards of private security companies (similar to South-Africa) and regional security networks carry arms.
“If you have the best constitution with a flawed leadership, we will not develop,’’ he said.
Adeosun affirmed that Nigeria is a blessed nation.
“With the aquatic splendor of Niger Delta laden underneath with oil and gas, to the western Nigeria blessed with deep intellectual prowess.
“To the innovative industry of the eastern Nigeria and the agricultural endowment and alluring durbar of the northern Nigeria,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the 2021 AAF Visionary Leadership awards went to Dr Kehinde Nwani and Chief Innocent Chukwuma.
Dr Kehinde Nwani was recognised for her extraordinary vision, uncommon execution and inspiration in the education ecosystem of Nigeria.
Chief Innocent Chukwuma was recognised as a leader with foresight and vision in setting up a vehicle manufacturing factory and producing made in Nigeria vehicles.