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Over 25 fellows trained on leadership

Chief Executive of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal, with fellows of the the Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship (EPLF) in Abuja.

Ahead of the 2023 general election, fellows of the Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship, EPLF are encouraged to effectively engage in productive activities that will benefit the country.

At the Mentoring of over 25 Fellows in Abuja, the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), Hamzat Lawal said that the outcome of the 2023 election will determine the future of the country in the areas of education, health care and the entire economy.

He urged Nigerians to vote for the right candidates in the next general election.

In his word “2023 is a very important year. What are you doing to inform the outcome of the general election as an individual and in the institutions that you work? Because 2023 is a transition year; President Muhammadu Buhari will leave office, what happens after him is really important to all of us”.

Lawal noted that there had been a big mentorship gap in Nigeria’s political space, hence, all hands must be on deck to achieve the needed transformative change.

Briefing Journalists after the engagement, Lawal said, “Today I had the opportunity of engaging with the fellows, sharing real life experiences but most importantly, preparing them for leadership and service to the country as we even go into election season”.

“EPLF has provided an opportunity where Nigeria can groom the next set of emerging leaders, provide them with leadership skills, information, resources and mentorship. I am glad that my generation is now conscious of the fact that there is a big mentorship gap and we are now trying to bridge that gap, but also creating an avenue where we become supportive; collaborate as young people and ensure that we make our country and our community proud”, Lawal said.

Lawal, who is one of the Technical Advisory Council Members for the 2022 Cohort of the EPLF, said mentoring the fellows on the intricacies of civic engagement processes, as well as CODE’s project initiatives and campaigns was towards good governance.

The Bridge Leadership Foundation Programme Manager, Mrs Rosemond Archibong, explained that the EPLF Program was an initiative of the organization, aimed at nurturing young Nigerians that are interested in running for political offices in the country.

According to her, “It has been an interesting journey for the Fellows and we hope that as they conclude this Fellowship program for the first Cohort, they would put into practice the learnings gotten from the Fellowship and implement it in their own political journey as they move forward”.

She urged the leaders to be accountable and transparent when they eventually emerge as leaders.

Reporting by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare