The much-anticipated Instagram live chat with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State hosted by Social Commentator Demola Olarewaju on the 20th of May, 2020 detailing leadership lessons in business and governance has come and gone, but the lessons linger.
Here are ten takeaways from the chat.
- That governance is not rocket science although challenging. Dealing with governance issues efficiently requires having an executable plan.
- That governance decisions should be driven by logic, science, and data. This is why Oyo State governance projects are driven by necessity; aimed at productivity and prioritising the welfare of the people. He further stated that this was the rationale behind the Moniya-Iseyin road project as Oke-Ogun is the food basket of Oyo State.
- That three things required to succeed in business and governance are:
• One should not be too proud to start small
• One should be optimistic
• One should be loyal and committed
- That declaring his assets publicly even though it was not required by law was a question of integrity. And that if you bring integrity back to governance, it will change the landscape in Nigeria.
- That rivalry between states in Nigeria is healthy if the aim is to improve the living standards of the citizens. He made reference to how economic competition has been key to developing two neighbouring states- Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
- That there’s an apparent dearth of ideology or principles in Nigerian politics as the parties and the entire political system are still evolving.
- That a transformational leader may need to be transactional occasionally in order to meet set objectives and survive the intrigues in politics. And that transformational leadership is focused on people-centred governance that delivers value to the people.
- That if he was investing in any businesses right now, he would consider tailoring and agriculture as viable options during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
- That modernising agriculture will curb rural-urban migration and attract young people to engage in agribusiness.
- That collaboration between the private and public sector is necessary for overall development of any state. The situation whereby authorities reject proposals to build roads or provide other amenities as offered by members of the private sector is wrong.
Bonus point: On a lighter note Governor Seyi Makinde indicated that he will complete all projects by all his predecessors and that he will gladly take the glory for completing them when he cuts the tapes at their commissioning.