VOT to encourage participatory leadership – Kabir Shagaya

By Adebisi Oyelere

The Convener of the Voice of Tomorrow (VOT) summit, Alh. Kabir Shagaya has said that the initiative will encourage participatory leadership across sectors of the economy in addition to preparing going people for the responsibilities that comes with influence and leadership.

Shagaya, during a press briefing said “VOT is an initiatives I put together to guide young people to start making necessary changes.
It aims to address issues, to enable youths understand responsibility that comes with leadership.

“People do think influence comes with money. But it is not so, in our various professions, we have some kind of influences that we may not take note of. I want to engage young people on how these influences can be used to better our lots and the society at large”, he added.

Shagaya noted that a lot of young people do not appreciate their network as their net worth, stressing the need to use reputation, relationships and knowledge to build strong influential personality for young people.

He also emphasized that the summit will prepare youths on how to build strong personalities by standing for something, having capacity, principle and integrity that makes them readily available for productive engagement in political, business or societal leadership when the time comes.

Responding to questions about sponsorship of the initiative, Shagaya said “This is privately sponsored. I’m not doing this to hold on to my position in the Kwara state government but base on my personal believe. However, the initiative has attracted overwhelming support from my family and everyone in government.”

The summit, which holds today, will attract youth audience from six (6) tertiary institutions in the State, selected local governments in the State and selected secondary schools and selected youth grouos in the State.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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