The lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Shina Peller has revealed that playing active roles in the politics of the country is not optional for any citizen. He said it the responsibility of every citizens.
Hon. Peller stated this on Friday at the first day of a two day leadership training programme organized by Lead Generation Initiative, a non-profit organization founded by the lawmaker.
The Quilox boss explained that the organization which is committed to creating opportunities for young people is the biggest project of his life.
“We are committed to creating opportunities for young people to actively participate in the development of their immediate communities. We have a lot of programmes set aside to achieve out aims.
“I am happy that this is starting from my state – Oyo State. What we are doing here will be replicated in all 36 states of Nigeria
“I have been involved in many projects but nobody needs to tell me that this project we are embarking on today will be the biggest project of my life,”the lawmaker said.
He maintained that the training is the first step in the plan of the organization to build a new generation of leaders.
He urged participants to know they are at the training because they have the potentials to contribute their quota to nation building adding that he is sure by the time the two-day program is over they would have realised it.
Speaking on why he is passionate about politics, he explained that politics is not optional because before becoming part of the process of governance, he regularly voice out his displeasure about some of the government steps but one day realized that he also have to join the process.
“One day I came back from this business of selling quilox around the world and I was in the shower when water stopped and I asked myself what type of country is this? And I decided that day that I will join politics,” he said.
He added that “a little conscious effort by many of us can actually change the narrative in Nigeria.”
Speaking on why he joined the APC in 2018, he explained that he is sure that If the Prophet contest Nigerian Presidency on the platform of any party outside the APC or PDP, he won’t win.
He also explained that he chose APC ahead of PDP despite the fact that his step father is the state chairman of the PDP because he is sure that only President Buhari can give him the structure to win elections which youths would be committed to.
He noted that after winning he was able to set up structures like the Lead Generation to impact youths.
Speaking at the first day of the two-day training program, Samson Itodo charged participants to put aside their political affiliations or background throughout the programme.
He explained that leadership is basically the ability to take responsibility to take others to achieve a common goals noting that leadership is a way of life and not necessarily a position.
Citing the National Assembly as an example, he explained that a good leader won’t go there to regulate the use of social media.
Itodo, who is the the Executive Director of Yiaga Africa, spoke on the theme Organizing As Leadership Practice: People, Power and Change.
He introduced participants to a distinct approach to leadership, organizing and learning through five key organizing practices. His session also focused on the relationship between power, people and change.
Participants were grouped into five groups namely: Trust, Integrity, Professionalism, Excellence and Innovation.