Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation Celebrates First International Scholar Among AIG Public Leaders Programme Graduates

Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation Celebrates First International Scholar Among AIG Public Leaders Programme Graduates

The AIG Public Leaders Programme (PLP), offered by the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation and the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government, is an executive education programme that provides high-potential African public servants the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to create cultures of excellence, effectiveness, and integrity in their organisations.

The 2022 PLP class, which included its first international participant from South Africa, was
made up of 52 public servants, carefully selected from government ministries, departments, and agencies.

Delivered through a blend of rigorous online and in-person classes, the programme equipped the 52 programme graduates with the knowledge, tools and conceptual frameworks they need to meet the challenges of public sector leadership in a fast-changing world.

After months of intense and demanding sessions, engaging participants through classroom discussions, simulations, practical exercises and a capstone project, the closing ceremony of the programme was held on March 15, 2023, in Abuja.

In his welcome address, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman of the Aig-Imoukhuede
Foundation, stated that as part of its multi-billion Naira commitment to facilitate the
transformation of the public sector, the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation was committed to
building a new generation of public sector leaders to drive change across their various

He said that the Foundation’s partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford was a means of ensuring that this future public sector leaders had access to world-class training, which would give them the skills and knowledge
they need to be effective leaders.

He congratulated the graduates and enjoined them to use the learnings they had gained from the programme in their various places of work. He also urged the private sector to recognise the important role the public sector plays in national development and encouraged more support for the reforms of the public sector.

In his keynote address, Professor Attahiru Jega spoke on "Public Sector Leadership in Times of Crisis". He noted that, generally, in the contemporary world, times of crisis are challenging for everyone, including citizens and especially those in leadership positions.

He said that while managing and/or resolving these crises requires certain leadership skill sets, character traits, and thinking abilities, many governments, including Nigeria, have not given adequate attention to recruiting, training, and mentoring capable executive employees to become good leaders. He hoped that the activities of organisations, such as the AIG-

Imoukhuede Foundation may serve to sensitise our governments and begin to make them
alive to their responsibilities.

Dignitaries present at the closing ceremony include Mr. Thami Mseleku, High Commissioner
of South Africa to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Dr. Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Corporation; ‘Dere Awosika, Chairwoman, Access
Bank Plc; Ambassador Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to the President on economic
matters in the office of the Vice President and the keynote speaker, Professor Attahiru Jega,
Former Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano.

Also notably present were serving permanent secretaries and directors across different ministries and parastatals. The AIG Public Leaders Programme is a seven-week executive education programme for African public servants, delivered via synchronous and asynchronous methods with two live teaching weeks in Abuja. Participants, all of whom are offered fully funded scholarships to attend the programme,are taught a range of vital leadership skills, conceptual frameworks, and practical tools that will empower them to be more effective as they lead their departments and organisations through the challenges of an increasingly complex and dynamic world.

Applications for the 2023 AIG Public Leaders Programme are open until 17th April 2023.