By: Rahmatullah Mahmud

L-R: Segun Adeniyi, former Editor, Thisday; Ofovwe Aig-Imoukhuede, Executive Vice-Chair Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation; Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman, Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation; Zukiswa Mqolomba, Participant. AIG Public Leaders Programme; Thami Mseleku, High Commissioner of South Africa to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Professor Chris Stone, Co-chair, Blavatnik School of Government at the closing ceremony of the AIG Public Leaders Program class of 2022 held in Abuja on Wednesday

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 ofpublic 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.

L-R: Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman, Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation; Abubakar Mahmoud, Member, Aig-Imoukhede Foundation Leadership Council; ‘Dere Awosika, Chairwoman, Access Bank Plc; Ofovwe Aig-Imoukhuede, Executive Vice-Chair, Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation; Professor Attahiru Jega, former Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano; Professor Chris Stone, Co-chair, Blavatnik School of Government; Thami Mseleku, High Commissioner of South Africa to the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the closing ceremony of the AIG Public Leaders Program class of 2022 held in Abuja on Wednesday

In his welcome address, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman of the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation, stated that as part of its multi-billion Naira committment 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 varous organisations. He said that the Foundation’s partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford was a means of ensuring that these 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.
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The Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation is a public sector-focused philanthropic organisation founded by Aigboje and Ofowvwe Aig-Imoukhuede to improve the lives of Africans through transformed public service delivery and access to quality primary healthcare. The Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation accomplishes its mission by supporting the reform initiatives of public sector entities, providing financing, consulting support, and capacity-building programmes and resources for the public sector workforce. The Foundation provides funding and strategic support to drive the work of affiliate organisations such as ABC Health, the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN), the Nigerian Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF), and others.
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The Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford exists to inspire and support better government and public policy worldwide.
The Blavatnik School teaches current and future public leaders through innovative programmes that conduct independent research into pressing issues facing policymakers worldwide and convene leaders and experts to foster better public policy.
With a strong global outlook, the Blavatnik School combines insights from various academic disciplines and derives lessons from the public, private, and third sectors.
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