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NGF holds induction seminar for newly-elected, returning governors, spouses

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The Nigeria Governors Forum Secretariat, will for five days hold an induction programme for newly-elected and returning governors.

The programme is NGF secretariat’s support for  governors to help create a workable framework that will aid them to achieve a smooth transition into their new administrations. 

The induction which first held in 2011, will for the first time feature the Governors’ Spouses’ Summit, which is designed to be an introduction to public life for the spouses of newly elected and existing Governors. 

In a statement by the Head, Media and Public Affairs, Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the programme which holds between 28th April – 1st May, will be multilayered and interactive.

He explained that the programme is aimed at supporting incoming governors to develop key governance and management skills that will enable them transition from campaigning to managing the processes of governance.

Bello-Barkindo explained that the objectives of the induction include: Preparing Governors to make the most of their transition from campaigning to governing and building bridges for effective leadership; Deepening the knowledge and skills of Governors on the principles of governance and shaping their disposition and outlook to align with their work and motivation levels and creating a platform that will enable governors to fully understand the philosophies, responsibilities, organization, and cultural values, along with key processes of governance.

Others are: Creating an opportunity for peer learning, promotion of global best practices and networking with national and global leaders and exposing Governors to relevant contemporary national priorities in critical sectors of the economy and driving consensus on opportunities to achieve desired outcomes.

The NGF spokesman said, the programme will feature plenary presentations and discussions by key stakeholders with diverse experiences. 

“This is aimed at generating conversation among the newly elected Governors, respected national and international leaders, heads of national institutions and development partners, among others.”

Critical stakeholders, including current and past governors of Nigeria and the United States, are expected to provide the opportunity for Nigerian governors to, not only network with national and global leaders, but also to gather useful information that will help them transition into their new roles as chief executives of States.

Bello-Barkindo said: “It is expected that all the Governors will, at the end of their induction, have their knowledge and skills honed on the nuances of governance to better equip them to hit the ground running.

All Governors would have established relationships with national and global leaders and have a better understanding of the tools and opportunities available to achieve their vision and their priorities.

Bello-Barkindo explained that the one-day summit  for the spouses, is designed to build their capacity to enable them develop and utilize their platforms to address critical issues affecting their State, with specific focus on social intervention issues.

He said event would bring about an avenue to discuss how the activities of the Governors’ spouses can best compliment the roles of their husbands in promoting good   governance   at   the   sub-national level. 

“This summit is also envisaged to harness and promote best practices in the execution of pet projects,” Bello-Barkindo added.

The programme will kickoff with a banquet dinner at the Transcorp Hilton, Sunday evening.

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