By Rotimi Famakin

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has stressed the need for responsible leadership and citizens in order to build a peaceful and developed society.

 Professor Zulum stated this while delivering a lecture entitled “Leadership and Citizenship: meeting Contemporary Social Challenges in Nigeria” at the Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan.

 The Governor who attributed the current “JAPA” syndrome in Nigeria to the failure of leaders to meet citizen’s expectations noted that leaders must be well-prepared, strategic, transparent, accountable and active.

 Professor Zulum who explained that his administration undertook the root causes of insurgency in Borno State said education and security were considered as priority by his regime.

 The Governor who said Nigeria is endowed with vast human and natural resources emphasized the need for more well-educated citizens who would meet the demands of current socio-economic realities in Nigeria.

While calling for improved funding of academic institutions by the government, and exploration of alternative sources of funding by universities, the Borno State Governor said restructuring universities in Nigeria and conducting more research that would translate ideas into solutions must be taken into consideration.

    The Governor challenged all and sundry to be responsible by drawing inspiration from past leaders who led an exemplary life.

     Earlier in an opening remark, Professor of Social Health Psychology, University of Ibadan, Peter Olapegba said Borno State which was earlier the center of insecurity crises has overcome security challenges through resilience and purposeful leadership of the governor 

 The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan Professor Kayode Adebowale who said the lecture was thought-provoking said the governor initiated 556 projects and was not only able to complete 75 percent of the projects most of which were core education projects but was able to wither the storm of insurgency which he said has become a history today.

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