The Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL), on Monday, in Abuja, commenced training for 50 youths from 27 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The programme tagged “Second Edition of Ambassadors Leadership Programme (ALP 002)”, is aimed at raising/developing competent young leaders for Nigeria’s future leaders.
The training holding for one month is with the theme, “Raising a Credible Successor Generation”.
The NPL governing board, Prof. Anya Anya, Chairman, declaring the event opened, said NPL’s was to institute and project true Nigerian leadership prize that would inspire young Nigerians to lead life larger than self, for community, nation and humanity.
Anya, who was represented by Prof. Jerry Gana, Vice Chairman, NPL Governing Board, said the programme was targeting Nigerians of all ages, who have demonstrated character, credibility, competence, creativity, exemplary sacrifice with sustainable success.
“The critical role the youth play in nation building underscores the essence for initiating the “Ambassadors Leadership Programme”, to raise and groom a new generation of exceptional leaders from the six geopolitical zones of the country.
“The programme is designed to be impactful and imparting, leading to a complete transformation of participants over a period of time,” Anya explained.
Also, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, Chairman Programme Development Committee, NPL, said nation’s building was a project which every generation must be properly prepared to undertake, hence the need to involve the younger generation so as to achieve such project.
Anigbogu said that the new Nigeria project as proscribed by the nation’s national anthems, both old and new, was aimed to build one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity where truth and justice shall reign, could only be achievable with training of Nigerian youths.
Earlier in his address of welcome, Amb. Praise Edeh, Programme Officer, NPL, congratulated the participants for their success.
Edeh also urged them to take their training seriously as they stood at greater advantage than their peers in nation’s quest for quality leadership services.
Meanwhile Miss Chiamaka Jonathan, one of the participants, lauded NPL for such initiative she described to be a rigorous course capable to equip the participants to stand differently among other youths in Nigeria’s society.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NPL is a non-governmental organisation, established for the purpose of promoting good governance, civic participation and youth inclusion in the decision making process of government.