Mr. Segun Abdulsalam is the managing director of Bulfol Ventures Service, the Nigerian partners of the maiden Leadership Award for Excellence (LAE) in South Africa. He speaks to BODE GBADEBO on the essence of the award, among others.
As the Nigerian Partner of Leadership Academy South Africa (LASA) on Leadership Award for Excellence (LAE), what are the criteria in choosing the awardees?
As the Nigerian Partner of Leadership Academy South Africa (LASA), the criteria we adopted in choosing awardees were, but not limited to: they must be Nigerians. The nominees must have played a lead role in development in the category for which they are respectively nominated. He or she must have shown outstanding efforts in the area of advocacy in the said category. A nominee must have shown partnership and commitment with other leaders on development issues in the identified field for award. Respective award nominees must have maintained perseverance in the face of adversity to positively impact development, and must have demonstrated passionate disposition in completing development projects, be it abandoned or fresh ones in their domain of governance.
But a lot of people are not aware of this award (LAE), is this the first time that the academy in South Africa will be honouring Nigerians?
This is the first time the Leadership Academy South Africa will be honouring deserving Nigerians. We as the Nigerian Partners, with a credible Award Board responsible for the call for nominations, evaluation of nominees and the recommendation of award recipients to Research members and LASA in South Africa, found the recipients worthy of the Awards in various categories for this maiden edition organised for Nigerians only.
The award ceremony is slated for next week, how many of the Nigerian Awardees will personally attend the event in South Africa?
All the awardees have indicated interest in personally attending the event taking place in Pretoria, South Africa. We are in contact with the governor-awardees particularly Zamafara, Ogun, Abia, Plateau, Kogi, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom and Kebbi governors.
Does your firm also organise similar Awards in Nigeria?
We are also looking at developments here at home – at the community, provincial and the state levels. Leadership is all encompassing. A failure of Leadership at one level of governance would definitely impact negatively at leadership at all levels. So,discussions are ongoing with LASA. We would come out with something before the end of the year after the forthcoming maiden South African event.
What would you say is the significance of this Award in South Africa to the Nigerian Awardees given the avalanche of awards in their kitties already at home?
This award ceremony is unique in many ways. Apart from motivating the awardees to up the ante in various areas of governance in their respective states, their areas of weaknesses should not be ignored. Nigerians, and indeed Africans are watching and following them in their approach to leadership and governance. This award is all the more unique in the sense that it is the legacy of Dr. John Calvin Maxwell, who is the Patron of the Leadership Academy South Africa (LASA). A leadership development guru, who speaks annually to Fortune 500 Companies, international government leaders, and organisations such as the United States Military Academy and a host of others on how to bring out the leadership traits in them. It is our belief that everything rises and falls on leadership.
Zamfara Pilgrims Get Another 200 Riyals Discount On Hajj Fare
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has announced a further reduction of 200 Riyals from 2019 Hajj fare for...
Gov Bello Is The Real Progenitor Of Rescue Mission In Kogi – Fanwo
Director General of Media and Publicity to Kogi State governor, Kingsley Fanwo, is always waiting in the wings for the...
Tribunal: Obi Urges Nigerians To Remain Hopeful
Mr Peter Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential Candidate in the last general elections, has urged Nigerians to...
Police Arrest Woman For Allegedly Causing Harm On Maid
The Police Command in Ebonyi has arrested one Mrs Nkechinyere Aja for alleged abuse and harm occasioned on the right...
Polio: 50,000 N/East Children Yet To Benefit From Polio Vaccine – NPHCDA
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than 50,000 children are yet to be reached with...
Police Identify Lagos Airport Intruder As Nigerien
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos Police Command, has identified the man who climbed an Azman Air aircraft at...
NAFDAC Shuts Bauchi Package Water Factory
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut a package water factory in Azare, Katagum...
COLUMNS17 hours ago
Who Is After Pastor Fatoyinbo?
SPORTS18 hours ago
I Never Wanted To Fight Ruiz — Joshua
OPINION18 hours ago
What Are Obaseki’s Sins?
INTERVIEWS17 hours ago
Customers Are Everything – Yahanasu
POLITICS18 hours ago
Edo: APC Shouldn’t Push Obaseki Out – Idahosa
NEWS9 hours ago
el-Rufai Swears-In Head Of Service, Chief Of Staff, Others
HEALTH18 hours ago
Natural Treatment For Fibroids
SPORTS17 hours ago
FIFA Tips Nigeria To Host 2020 U-20 World Cup