Former Dean, School of Transport and Logistics, Lagos State University (LASU), Samuel Odewumi has advised leaders, be it in politics, governance, business, commerce, academia and others, to stop the blame game, avoid describing the problems and fix the problems, whenever they are elected or appointed.
This message was contained in his paper “Leadership and rising to the top” at the swearing-in ceremony of a new set of executives, Lagos State University Masters of Business Administration (LASUMBA) Managers’ Association recently at the MBA Auditorium, Main Campus, Ojo, Lagos.
Odewumi frowned at leaders across board, who continue to describe problems, rather than fix the problems. He noted that this had drawn the country backward in all facets of society.
“Society prospers when leaders do the right thing, but, the same society suffers when leaders are ill-prepared for the task ahead. Leaders should stop describing problems and stop complaining about the problems, but, they must fix those problems”, he stated.
He further chided those who live on delayed gratification for the job they were employed to do. Such action, he averred would not help such a society or organisation to grow.
He enjoined the new executives to take the association to the next level, tasking them to leave behind an enduring legacy by managing their heritage.
“You can make a difference. MBA is a powerful legacy. Be the change we want to see in LASUMBA. Change the narrative from Macro to Micro. To fix MBA, fix yourself, first. Rule your world, then, you will rule others”, he advised the new team as he rounded off.
The Coordinator, LASUMBA, Adekunle Idris, in his opening address, congratulated the new executives. He requested the team to carry everybody along if they were desirous of recording success. He noted that there was a lot of work to do and asked the members to cooperate with the executives. He wished the team the best of luck.
The Dean, Students’ Affairs, Tajudeen Olumoko, in his address congratulated the executives as well as the electoral committee. He harped on the need to work as a team, adding that the welfare of the members should be a top priority. He wished the executives the best of tenure.
Thereafter, the new executives were sworn in by the representative of LASUMBA Heritage.
In his acceptance speech, the president, Pascal Orisakwe thanked the outgone executives as well as the electoral committee.
He assured himself as the president and his team would give their best, having in mind the interest of the members, especially, their welfare.
He was confident the team would achieve a lot of successes.
” Let’s work in unity and love. With my executives, we would carry everybody along. Our administration will be fair to all”, he started.
He told those in the auditorium that the interest of the MBA students was paramount to his administration and would ensure the team do more on what would be beneficial to all.
He hinted on the plan to have an international training, soon, with the planning already in place. He added that the team would engage the LASUMBA Heritage in putting in place face lifting projects, who h the MBA Auditorium was one of them, in order to bring back its old glory.
He thanked the MBA management, the coordinator and those in attendance for gracing the event.