Good leadership and followership has been identified as key for the sustenance of good governance in any society just as a call has been made on the need to de-emphasize leadership and followership anchored on materialism.
Dr. Festus Adedayo stated this while delivering his lecture titled: “Leadership and Followership in Nigeria; Matrimony of Convenience and ways to keep the Marriage” at the 3rd Ayo Omoregie Annual Memorial Lecture held on Thursday, 19th March in Akure.
In his presentation, Dr. Adedayo identified different types of leadership, the qualities of a leader and as well as the Nigerian perspective of leadership saying leaders emerge out of the need of their people.
Dr. Adedayo while also stressing that the greatest blow that has hit leadership and followership in recent times is the blow of modernity affirmed the need for Nigerians to de emphasize materialism and return to those values and ethos that underpin life and society in the first and second republic.
The chairman of the occasion, Mr. Laoye Adegoke in his address acknowledged the essence of living a life of impact saying the late Ayo Omoregie left an indelible mark in the state civil service.
Mr. Adegoke who was ably represented by Mr. Isaac Orimoloye howevwr used the opportunity to urge others to work towards leaving a legacy wherever they find themselves.
In his remarks, the state president of NULGE, Comrade Bola Taiwo urged the people to take a cue from the life of late Ayo Omoregoe and do their best in impacting lives so that they too can be remembered for their legacies.
While noting that the event has become an annual event, Comrade Taiwo restated that the platform will afford indigenes of Akure the opportunity to cross fertilize ideas that will bring about development to their people.
On the way forward, Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, one of the contributors said there is the need for Akure leaders holding key political and business positions to use their office to impact the lives of their people.
Prince Adeniyan who frowned at the leadership style of feeding constituent members rather than empowering and teaching them how to fish said such acts is responsible for the disconnect where followers do not want to go out of their way to vote or support their own.
Prince Adeniyan also used the opportunity to urge the state government to allow Akure leaders with political positions to enjoy the complements that come with their office.
Earlier in his welcome address, Bar. Sola Ademoyegun said the annual memorial lecture which is the third in the series is a veritable platform that can be effectively deployed to generate ideas that can propel the nation into greatness.
While stressing that the nation’s democracy requires conscious recalibration so as to engender positive and enduring socio- economic and political architecture, Bar. Ademoyegun affirmed that the discourse will go a long way in proffering possible solutions to lack of good governance that has bedeviled the nation.
The event which was put together by Akures in the Local Government Service of Ondo State and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ondo State had in attendance family members of late Ayo Omoregie as well as friends and other well wishers across board.