Stakeholders at the Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria have said that for any meaningful transformation to take place in the country, there is the need for the government to allow professionals to occupy appropriate positions.
The founder, PEFON, Dr. Dipo Bailey, said this during the induction ceremony for new members in Lagos.
“I want to say categorically without any fear that if the professionals are allowed to handle this transformation agenda on their own, this Nigeria will be changed within six months,” he said.
According to him, PEFON is bringing professionals on individual basis from different sectors together, to contribute their quota to the transformation of the country.
Bailey said the foundation was committed to developing professionalism among the youth.
He observed that there were many youths, who could not gain admission to universities and thereby became frustrated after several futile attempts.
He said, “Every year, many youths do JAMB exams but not all of them get into the university because the institutions cannot take all of them.
“After some time, they get frustrated and become idle, and an idle hand is workshop of the devil. For such, with five credits, they can get into any professional studies and become professionally qualified and get jobs immediately.”
Bailey observed that there was a shortage of professionals in the country, a reason why the foundation was trying to encourage the young ones to go into the professions.
He highlighted the objectives of PEFON as the identification of Nigerian professionals at home and abroad, who may wish to be part of the foundation; recognising those among them who have excelled in their chosen professions; raising scholarship funds to assist the young ones to study and become professionally qualified; assisting the professionally qualified to be employed as much as possible.
Others, he added, are to recognise builders of professionals and organise forums to seek ways of developing Nigeria further.
Also, the Osayuwanoba of Benin, Chief Lugard Aimiuwu, observed that the developed countries of the world were more committed to transformation than countries lagging behind.
“Nigeria has the potential to be a paradise on earth if Nigerians will do things right,” he said.
Aimuiuwu expressed worry that despite the fact that Nigeria was devoid of natural disasters, the leadership experience in the country had become its main disaster.
He emphasised the relevance of leadership that would add value to the country.PEFON recommends professionals for Nigeria’s transformation by ngcareers