Building the Youths Means Building the Nation By Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Nick Obioma Ejimabo

In the recent times, it is the popular notion- believed by manyindividuals and leaders in the globe that: “building the Country’s youth is a great indication of building a strong nation – for the youth of today is the future leaders of tomorrow”. In keeping them (political leaders and policy makers) honest, the growth and development of Nigerian youths are strongly believed to be the “Roadmap to Success” in the country. I, as an expert and scholar practitioner on leadership activities, affirm that a good and creative leader must be capable of making sound and valid decisions that should enhance growth and goal accomplishment among his/her growing adults and other subordinates in either a country or an organization. While the term “leadership” is associated with influence and the ability to empower, encourage, support, and help others by a person or group of persons to accomplish a goal; “decision making” as a dynamic process is focused exclusively on choice making and the ability of a leader to select the best alternative from the many options (Glaholt, Wu, & Reingold, 2010).
Certainly, many leadership scholars would agree that, the more skilled and knowledgeable leaders are, the more likely they will feel confident in their abilities and competent to make good decisions that would encourage success, growth, and development among the Nigerian youths. In this piece of work, the term ‘decision making’ is defined as a choice from among two or more alternative courses of action, or objects, giving due regard to the advantages and disadvantages of supporting information about each” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decision). It is a commitment to action, a discrete and concrete phenomenon driven by rationality (Langley 1995). Thus, according to Ejimabo (2015), positive decision making process simply means when a good leader in his rightful mind considers his subordinates, environments, and attainment of goals in his polices while encouraging growth and development in the society. Thus, we will as stated previously agree that; it is only the leader that understands the nature and principles of decision making will be able to cope with complex and challenging situations more effectively than the leader who does not possess any of the ideas (Ejimabo, 2015).
Defining What the Nigerian Future Should Look Like
In like manner and for the sake of growth and development in the country, as well as the ability to understand leadership decision making process among the youths in Nigeria, their leaders and government must be able to define what the future should look like, aligns with that vision, and inspire them to make it (success) happen despite the challenges and obstacles involved in running of the national affairs. For in a nation that stresses participation and autonomy, the function of top leadership is not to control but to support, encourage, and provide hands-on coaching and consultation to help the young adults, subordinates, and citizens avoid unnecessary frustration, stress, and waste of effort, to increase task-relevant knowledge and skills, and to formulate uniquely appropriate performance strategies that result in process improvements (Tsang, 2002 & Ejimabo, 2013). To support and empower our young growing adults, our political leaders and policy makers must have self confidence in order to gather and process information and solve problems that affect both the youths and the entire people of the country. Leaders must know what decisions to make and keep the interest of the youths and all stakeholders involved in order to achieve meaningful goals and success in the present Nigerian situation. Significantly, both the leadership of this country and the lead should be able to define and implement the standards of the following four leadership core values below for better work- results, growth, and career advancements for the young -growing adults in this country. There are as follows:
1. The ability to communicate clearly,
2. Ethical and value-based behavior practices,
3. The unquestionable effort to support, encourage, and motivate,
4. The ability to work and learn people from different origin and background.
The growth and development of the Nigerian youths seen as a roadmap to success and goal attainment start when our political leaders, policy makers, government officials and the young – growing adults are able to recognize the need to live in complete peace and harmony with one another in an environment and society devoid of social inequality and injustice. We need strong leaders that are well informed in education, creativeness, and knowledge; as well as common sense that is not really common – to pilot the affairs of this multi-cultural and ethnic country without bias or favouritism. The leadership situation in the country presently calls for sound reasoning and positive thinking leaders that are capable of leading the people of the nation in a manner that supports, empowers, motivates, encourages, and enables the effort of our growing young adults in the country.
The success and growth of this country depend solely on how our youths are being trained, educated, and exposed to some of the meaningful learning, technology, scientific discoveries, globalization, creative awareness, and western developments that would support our country’s objective goals and future accomplishments. To achieve useful growth and development in our nation, we need effective leaders and policies that would support the efforts, skills, talents, and abilities of the youths in this country by including them in some of the planning awareness, decision making process, management operations, and leadership activities that promote attainment of goals, peace, harmony, enlightenments, and future developments in the nation. In this regard, I firmly suggest that our political leaders and government officials should use the “now or never axiom” to include, appoint, employ, promote, and place some of our skillful and talented young adults into key offices and positions in the entire nation; to encourage efficiency and effectiveness in the society rather than waiting for them to decay and die silently while searching for jobs and their daily breads and shelters.
In like manner, some of the Nigerian youth have been negatively influenced by some of their family members (poor upbringing) which they inherited such from homes and their tribal and traditional settings such as; cultural bias, differences in ethnicity, religion, and political ideologies as well as many other problems that prevent them from accomplishing their individual and societal goals and objectives in general. While some of the Nigerian youth are believed to be lazy and uninterested towards education, science, technology, and global enlightenment, the Nigerian government and policy makers have equally failed to provide them with the basic infrastructures and amenities in the country to encourage, support, motivate, and educate them. There is no much awareness for the growing adults in the country to enable them to be prepared in becoming the future leaders as well as to compete with their counterparts in other countries.

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