Over two hundred and sixty students from all the seventeen secondary schools in Afijio state constituency, Oyo state have graduated from the second batch of a free John Maxwell Youth leadership programme.
The programme tagged “iLead” is one of the developmental agenda of the Seyi Adisa Development Initiative, SADI, founded by the lawmaker representing Afijio state constituency in the Oyo state house of Assembly.
The beneficiaries were tutored through sixteen values of leadership in eight weeks intensive training period, anchored by certified John Maxwell’s leadership coaches.
At the graduation ceremony witnessed by over five hundred and fifty secondary school students in Afijio, Oyo town, the convener, Hon Seyi Adisa said the initiative was to build disciplined, value based and impactful young generation to become better leaders.
Hon. Adisa who said the initiative had been successfully tested in Mexico, Paraguay and other South American countries with similar social vices and challenges like Nigeria, noted that leadership must reflect good character and quality values.
“They’ve been able to identify that they are leaders and there are certain values they need to inculcate in their way of life, so that in the choices they make, taking up responsibilities, they would have positive attitudes, self discipline, self worth, forgiveness. These are all examples of values that are important to human life and these are all the values they’ve all gone through” He said
He urged the younger generation to be role models in their leadership style and show other people the proper way of leading
Addressing the gathering, a Lagos based John Maxwell Life coach, Mr Olusoji Oyawoye advised the students to exhibit positive attitude about life, be committed, responsible, take initiative and be self disciplined.
Representative of the state ministry of education, the Local Inspector of Education, L.I.E, Afijio local government, Mr Salami commended hon. Seyi Adisa for the good works, describing it as uncommon among politicians.
Mr Salami said the programme would no doubt help in the development of mental health and sharpen the behavioural pattern of the students.
Highlight of the graduation ceremony was the presentation of certificate to students and light entertainment by a Nigerian artist, “Gaise Baba”.