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    Faculty tutors students on effective leadership

    Bamidele Eleniola and Femi Otitoju

    The Faculty of Management Sciences, Federal University Oye Ekit, Ekiti State, Nigeria, has taken the Bull by horns as it took its students through some basic tenets of effective leadership.

    This, it declared at a capacity-filled Hall seminar held on Monday, June 10, 2024 at the Twin Lecture Hall of the Faculty.

    FUOYE VC, Professor A. S. Fasina

    Delivering his opening remarks, Director, Counseling and Human Development Centre, Professor Benjamin Omolayo, who was represented by the Chief Counselor, Mrs Oluranti Olugbenga told the students that the seminar was designed to prepare them ahead of future task.

    Specifically, Professor Omolayo urged the students to be attentive painstakingly, calmly while enjoying the programme to the fullest.

    He said: “It is good for students to be informed and I want to advise you to always visit the counselor in your faculty and share your issues with them before it is too late.

    “Be free to discuss with us. It’s pertinent to see a counselor whenever you have any challenges and by doing so, you will be relieved. It is a talking therapy.”

    Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences, Professor Babatunde Afolabi in his address welcomed students, staff and other participants to the event he described as germaine to overall academic development of students in the university.

    Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. B. Afolabi

    Prof. Afolabi said: “Talking about effective leadership is to get you prepared ahead of what challenges you can meet in the future.

    “As a student, you have to understand the dynamics of leadership in the nation. So, having the knowledge about leadership, it is a rare opportunity to have this type of programme.

    “We must be able to lead anytime and anywhere we find ourselves. The most resourceful countries in the world such as DR Congo is now becoming one of the poorest country in the world because they lack good leaders, vision and knowledge.

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    “Singapore is a very small country but it has become one of the best countries in the world. All these are the roles performed by good, effective and vibrant leaders.”

    He, however, appreciated the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina for his disposition and commitment towards capacity building for our staff and students in the university.

    In his lecture, Anthony Kay Adeusi (AICMC) harpned on effective leadership and its challenges and how to overcome it.

    Guest Speaker: Barr Anthony Kay Adeusi

    In his words: “Effective leaders are the cornerstone of progress, driving innovation, inspiring communities, and steering organizations towards success.

    “To cultivate such leaders, we must focus on developing key qualities such as integrity, vision, empathy, and resilience. Integrity ensures that leaders act ethically and earn the trust of those they lead as vision provides a clear direction and inspires others to work towards a common goal. Empathy allows leaders to connect with their teams and understand their needs, while resilience equips them to overcome challenges and adapt to change.

    “By nurturing these qualities, we can prepare the next generation to take on leadership roles with confidence and competence.

    Students

    “Developing these qualities alone is not enough.

    “Future leaders must also be equipped to deal with the complexities of an ever-changing world. They will face challenges such as rapid technological advancements, economic instability, political and social unrest as well as increased global competition.

    “To prepare for these challenges, it is crucial for aspiring leaders to embrace continuous learning, seek mentorship, and cultivate a global mindset. By staying informed, developing strategic thinking skills, and building strong networks, they can adapt and thrive in any environment.

    Director, Counseling and Human Development Centre, Professor Benjamin Omolayo

    “As we move forward, let us commit to fostering an environment that encourages growth, learning, and ethical leadership, ensuring that our future leaders are well-equipped to drive positive change and build a better World for all.”

    Meanwhile, speaking with FUOYE News, Convener of the seminar, Mrs. Racheal Apuabi said the seminar was aimed at preparing the students ahead for effective leadership.

    She, however, thanked the university management for its cooperation, under the leadership of Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina for his support towards grooming the students of this citadel of learning for future task ahead.

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