A renowned Nigerian International Businessman, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group Of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote stated that Nigeria as a nation is capable of surmounting its various security challenges through strategic vision oriented leadership. Dangote made the remarks while fielding questions from journalists after delivering a lecture titled; Strategic Leadership: My Business Experiences to participants of Course 27, National Defence College Nigeria.
He further remarked that, ‘’the whole thing about strategic leadership is that one must have a vision, you have to have the resources and the structure to deliver. There is nothing you can deliver without proper structure, so with proper planning we can surmount the challenges. Nothing is too difficult in this life to be sorted out’’. Commenting on the need for bigger companies to assist in bringing up the smaller ones, Dangote explained that his company is participating in commercial rice farming; the outfit teaches individuals appropriate way of farming and marketing of their farm products. In addition, he disclosed that they provide the individual farmers with seedlings. “The bigger companies have roles to play in bringing up the smaller ones”, he added.
Dangote granting interview after his lectures
While delivering the lecture, he observed that strategic leadership is very relevant in every aspect of life not just in business management and governance. Dangote further observed that great ideas and potentials are bound in Africa but lack proper implementation. However, he revealed that epileptic power supply and inconsistency in government were also impediments to management of manufacturing companies in Africa. ‘’It is only in Ethiopia and South Africa that we completely rely on their national electric power supply to power our manufacturing companies’’, Dangote revealed.
He further explained that Dangote Group of Companies had successfully grown into conglomerate through diversification in its products. He then hailed the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an Executive Order on road construction by indigenous and foreign companies operating in Nigeria. ‘’If there is no appropriate road network how can we be able to get our end products to the markets?’’, he asked.
Relatively, the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo expressed his appreciation to the renowned business man for finding time to be in the College. He asserted that all those who were present at the venue of the lecture actually learnt more than enough to enable them survive in the Course as well as in their respective endeavours. However, he disclosed that from the various researches conducted by the College most of the nation’s security challenges were linked to mismanagement of the youth population.
The Acting Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu said corruption is a global phenomenon with deep historical roots. It is as old as mankind and became visible when governmental institutions emerged in human society. He made this remarks during the lecture he delivered to participants of National Defence College Nigeria course 27. He reiterated that, corruption should not be regarded as peculiar to Nigeria. Its existence and various forms of manifestations is part of a worldwide trend. Nevertheless, corruption has been spreading like an epidemic in Nigeria in recent years and has produced far reaching negative social consequences. It is a dreadful crime that undermines democracy and the rule of law, distorts markets, deepens poverty, widens income inequality, erodes the quality of life of citizens and encourages organized crime and other vices, he added.
He emphasized during the lecture, that it has become necessary for us to fight corruption with the urgency and seriousness it deserves. The Chairman therefore lauded the National Defence College for the invitation to make the presentation on “Corruption and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Nigeria: The Way Forward”, as timely and important. He further emphasized that concerted effort towards fighting corruption by Federal Government of Nigeria began many years ago. The basis for such intervention was derived from two sources, viz, the existence of massive corruption in society and Section 16 (5) of the Nigerian Constitution which states that: “The State shall eradicate all corrupt practices and abuse of power.” Hence, it became a constitutional duty for Federal Government of Nigeria to spearhead the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
The EFCC Chairman added that a combination of several factors was responsible for the establishment of the EFCC in 2003. One factor was the long history of corruption in Nigeria that inflicted so much damage on our society, transforming the country into a haven of money laundering. The second was the need to curb massive corruption and lack of accountability in the private and public sectors. The third was the blacklisting of Nigeria, along with 22 other countries, as a Non-Cooperating Territory by the Financial Action Task Force, which threatened to shut down the inflow of direct foreign investment.
Similarly, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo said that corruption has continued to have negative impact on economic development, increases social inequality and aggravates political instability in nationhood and therefore advised participants of course 27 being trained as strategic leaders to take the crusade of anti-corruption seriously when they get to the field. He added that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the challenge of corruption in a serious dimension. He concluded that, the President has demonstrated the political will by giving a free hand to the anti-corruption agencies to operate freely without restrictions.