Project One Production, an NGO under the auspices of its IAMANIGERIAN project, has inaugurated the “Project One Leadership Club” in some public secondary schools in the FCT.
The inauguration was done on Thursday in Abuja with an aim to instill in students the right leadership attributes and to enhance leadership prowess.
The Convener of the NGO, Mrs Bisayo Busari-Akinnadeju also said that the clubs would also involve a post skill acquisition programme to promote self reliance and independence.
“The clubs, approved by the FCT Secondary Education Board (FCT SEB) would also be a platform to mentor students on the need to take up leadership roles and aspire to become future leaders.
“Project one has been involved in the act of nation building for a while now, we have been going from what we call, starting from the cradle to where we are currently at today.
“The whole idea is to ensure that at no time do we suffer a drought in leadership in Nigeria, so when we took it upon ourselves to start a leadership club, it was because we realize that.
“We are to catch them young and groom them right from a very tender age and if we grow up a child with the mind set of following leadership and building leadership in Nigeria then at no point would we lack patriotism,’’ she said.
She disclosed that the club would run for three years for students in Senior Secondary Schools whom after graduation from school would then be co-opted into volunteers of the NGO.
Busari-Akinnadeju also reiterated that the students when turned into volunteers would be trained in various skills and mentored on self-reliance and financial independence.
Mr Itam Nneoyi, the Assistant Director, Co-Curricular Division who also doubles as the Head, Clubs and Societies, FCT SEB said that the board had put in place a system to monitor the clubs and societies in schools including the newly established leadership clubs.
Nneoyi who represented the FCT SEB noted that one of the measures pure in place was having a matron or a patron in the club to communicate the clubs activities and to monitor students involvement.
“We ensure that we visit them during their clubs and societies day and ensure that the outline is actually followed and that they are active in ensuring that things are done the right ways.
“The approval given to project one to inaugurate the club was for a pilot and the intention is to see how the club can be replicated in all secondary schools all across FCT,’’ he said.
Nneoyi, noted that the FCT SEB decided to start the club with a few schools as a project to test run its operation and impact.
This he said was to ensure that they were doing the right thing and if progress was made, the project would be elongated across board.
Ms Zhara Audu, Chairperson, All Progressive Congress (APC), Progressive Youth Movement, advised the students inaugurated into the club in the various schools to take advantage of the tool given to them to excel.
“I want you to take your membership in this clubs very seriously, do not joke with it because this platform has all to shape you into a leader tomorrow.
“The problem of Nigeria today is because we jave too many accidental leaders, but what Project one is doing is to set the stage for leadership early for you to thrive.
“So i plead with you all to open your minds to be properly mentored into leadership, so you do not accidentally stumble into leadership roles in the future,” she said.
Ms Faith Jabai, Project One Leadership Club Mentor, lauded the group for the initiative to create a mentoring platform for students to take up leadership roles.
“When I was growing up, I use to be in the drama and debate clubs in secondary school, but there was really no club that sensitised me or prepared me for what leadership was, especially in Nigeria to be precise.
“So I am a part of this vision and I am particular about this drive because I understand that from the cradle should we get this young minds up and running properly to understand what their roles is in leadership.
“Then the country is set to move forward,’’ she said.
The Project One Leadership Club was inaugurated into the following secondary schools, Government Secondary School Jabi, Apo, Dutse, Wuse, Gwarimpa, Maitama, Karu and Tundun-Wada in the FCT.