By: Tony Odey
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA), Mr.Olusade Adesola has been honoured by the Youth Partnership for Africa’s Development (YOUPAD) with the prestigious Thomas Sankara Leadership Prize for Integrity and Transparency Award.
The Secretary of YOUPAD, Daniel Kewul Donald while conferring the award on the Permanent Secretary in his Office in Garki, Abuja on Wednesday, September 8th 2022, said this Leadership Award is premised on Mr.Adesola’s zero tolerance for corruption in public service, administrative astuteness and impeccable leadership traits.
His words: “Our terms of reference in conferring this honour to your esteem person include your hard work and dedication to national service, high administrative acumen and selfless leadership ideology. “
“You are a team player and a passionate youth developer, which is evident in your all-inclusive leadership style, which has contributed immensely towards the development of your subordinates,” he said.
The Youth Partnership for Africa’s Development is Pan-African Organization with headquarters in Kigali which has the broad mandate to build the youth in leadership and entrepreneurship, with the purpose of providing Africa with intellectually equipped youths, he stressed.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary thanked the leadership of YOUPAD for singling him out for this great honour and recognition; adding that the award will in no doubt spur him to greater heights.
Mr.Adesola used the occasion to recall that when he was the Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, he facilitated the review of Youth Policy, which has been recognized and adopted as credible document.
He revealed that he was equally instrumental to the coming onboard of the Nigeria National Youth Day, as well as playing an active role in the resolution of the internal crisis that engulfed the Nigeria Youth Council.
The Permanent Secretary said that all these efforts were geared towards bringing the youths into national and international leadership limelight.
He called on the youths to brace up and harness their political, economic and entrepreneurial potentials in a bid to take their rightful positions in the development of Nigeria in particular and the Africa Continent in general.
Speaking on the FCT Administration’s achievement on youth development, the Permanent Secretary intimated the leadership of YOUPAD that the Administration has over the years been engaging the youth in the areas of skill acquisition and entrepreneurial empowerment, sports development and leadership development, amongst others.