Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (HHF), an alumni association of the United States Exchange Programme, is set to raise awareness among Nigerian leaders and the youth on effective leadership during its upcoming 45th anniversary.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos heralding the anniversary, President of HHF alumni association, Abosade Oyeleye noted that the problem of bad leadership still persists and added that if the present Nigerian and future leaders are properly educated on what it takes to be good leaders that Nigeria would not only be a better nation but cynosure of the entire world.
Maintaining that Nigeria has what it takes to be a nation to reckon with, Abosade said: ‘’We have what it takes in terms of brilliant minds, energy, hard-work and high endowment of natural resources.’’
Talking about the 45th anniversary celebration of Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, Oyeleye explained that the alumni members would be gathering all over the world this December to advance solutions to share challenges and celebrate the impacts of the programme on society all over the world. “Here in Nigeria, our focus is on leadership,’’ Oyeleye said.
Giving a brief background of the Fellowship, the acting Public Affairs Officer of the United States Consulate Lagos, Amanda Brown said that President Jimmy Carter announced the establishment of the Humphrey Fellowship Programme in 1978 in Venezuela with the intent to create a programme that embodied the values of democracy, social justice, and a desire to assist the world’s developing nations.
Also speaking at the briefing, one of the HHF alumni members, Adanma Wachuku described the Hubert Humphrey programme as one of the most expensive United States sponsored events and therefore, urged the Nigerian government to partner the government of the US in sponsoring the programme so as to enable more Nigerians to participate.
Hubert Humphrey Fellowship was designed for mid-career professionals from all over the world with a proven track leadership and public service commitment and ability to do a self-defined programme.