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University Don task politicians to fashion out programmes for human capital development

By Rukevwe Olojoba,

A University Don, Professor Patrick Oromareghake has suggested that those aspiring for leadership position in the country must have a plan for the development of the people.

Prof. Oromareghake stated this as the Guest Speaker at a lecture titled: “Role of Community leaders in ensuring Peace, Security, and Development in the Society,” delivered to mark the 45th birthday/11 years of marriage of Sapele based erudite lawyer Kingsley Akpederin.

The event which was organized by the youth wing of the Okpe Union which took place in Okpe Hall, at Crudas road, Sapele Delta State, attracted top politicians and businessmen within and outside Sapele Metropolis.

According to the Don, when politicians want to come to the electorates, they tell them that they will build roads, bridges and markets, without talking about human capital development, which according to him is most important aspect of development.

He noted that seeing policemen and vigilante members carrying gun about the whole places is a sign of insecurity and adding that in a secured society you do not need to carry gun everywhere, but allow people to move about freely without fear.

The University don asserted that the difference between a developed and developing countries is that the government in developed countries provide the platform for their citizens to live like human beings, while the developing countries don’t provide such platform for decent human living.

Another speaker at the occasion Mr. Ekpeme Temiagin, project coordinator, Sapele Centre for Development said that Okpe Communities need to take education more seriously, interface with families to ensure they send their children to school, relate with the school authorities to ensure they deliver on their expectation.

He maintained that communities should promote unity devoid of nepotism and seek ways to advance the interest of their people, by always seeking actions that will provide employment or skill acquisition, adding that community leaders’ position is for the advancement of its people or else their position is needless.

Mr. Temiagin asserted that the key to any true development in any gathering be it family, community, society, group, organization, Nation is the development of the individual components, he added that community leaders must be mentors not masters provide room for others to grow and not stifle their development.

Some prominent people that attended at the occasion include Dr. Kenneth Ani of the Department of Theatre Arts, Niger Delta University, a chieftain of the PDP, Chief Felix Anirah and the PDP Chairman Sapele LGA, Dr. David Oghenekevwe, Hon. Barrister John Tebu amongst others.


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