Nigeria could be facing one of the biggest Leadership challenges, says Utomi

Founder of Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Professor Patrick Utomi has warned that Nigeria could be facing one of its biggest leadership challenges for generations due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, reports The Guardian.
Speaking while hosting over 500 widows at the Union Bank Sport Ground, Bode Thomas, Surulere on Thursday, Utomi said, “this would not be a matter for policy makers or governments alone. It is a season for leaders with no care for titles and organisations to build synergy for impactful response. He said that CVL had reached out to civil society organisations to create a loose coalition in order to respond to issues on how people could be safe.
“At CVL we began to put out blogs and videos as well as animations in English, Pidgin English and several Nigerian languages that urged proper conduct with social distancing and hygiene.”
He also noted that a framework called Human Solidarity Networks (HSN), with the motto Neighbours caring for Neighbours, has been created which aims to identify geographies that group the more affluent individual and more materially challenged neighbours to cooperate for mutual benefit in the interest of their common good.
“Our main goal is to connect to poor widows and in providing them help with foodstuff, masks and hygiene materials because we recognise the heavy lifting they do for our society and we hope the peculiar situation they occupy be paid attention by social groups.”
Utomi urged the NCDC to license select private sector players that have the reputation and resources to invest in Molecular based testing with clear targets because testing is not being done enough.
“Governments, Donors, and Private sector can support the payment of capitation for the tests”, he said.
He further thanked and acknowledged partners who helped to support the poor, like Dufil Foods, Orange Drugs, Mainland Oil, Parle-G, FCMB, Punuka, Private Estate, CVL LWT honorees of CVL, The Ford Foundation, The Art of Living Foundation, The African Venture Philanthropy Network, The American Business Council and others who were early responders.
More than 200 people massed up at the gate when they saw widows carrying sacks of food. Some of those at the gate got a loaf of bread each under police supervision.

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