The National Audit Committee Chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, and Chairman of Abeokuta Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers, Engr Olumayowa Ayodeji Idowu, has been selected as part of the 50 public servants across the federation by the Federal Government in partnership with the Aig-Imoukhuede Institute and Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, to participate in the inaugural Future Public Leaders programme.
The AIG Public Leaders Programme, which commences in September 2021, is an executive training programme designed to equip future public sector leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to run their organisations effectively. Among other skills, the officers will learn how to lead effectively in a complex operating environment, foster collaboration within and across agencies and spearhead innovation throughout government.
While commending the selected officers, Head of service of the Civil service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan says the emergence of the officers is a welcome development. She expressed optimism that the officers’ participation in the AIG Public Leaders Programme will be of immense benefit to the service as the officers will be exposed to best practices in contemporary public sector leadership from world – renowned scholars and outstanding practitioners.
Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, commended the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation for investing in the upskilling of public sector leaders. She said: “The public sector is a key driver of a nation’s economic development, and by offering this world-class executive education programme to public servants, the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation has shown a commendable commitment to the development of the nation. I congratulate all programme participants and urge them to take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain new knowledge that will help them be effective in their roles.”
Speaking at the announcement, on the programme, Chairman and Founder of the Aig-Imoukhuede Institute, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede said, “We are very pleased to partner with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford to offer public leader’s executive education here in Nigeria.
“At the Aig-Imoukhuede Institute, we believe that leadership lies at the heart of broader public sector transformation and so we are focused on building the capacity of the next generation of public sector leaders and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to lead their ministries, departments, and agencies effectively.”
The Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Professor Ngaire Woods, expressed delight at the partnership between the school and Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation. Saying: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation by bringing our Public Leaders Programme to Nigeria. At the Blavatnik School, we design our executive programmes so that participants learn from world-renowned scholars, outstanding practitioners, and one another. We also take into account the current context for public sector leadership – in 2021, this means renewing public leadership for the post-pandemic world.”
The AIG Public Leaders Programme will commence in September 2021. The successful candidates were selected after going through a rigorous and competitive process, and will all receive academic scholarships worth 11,500 GBP from the Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation to enable them to participate in the programme.
Speaking to MyEngineers, following the announcement, Engr Idowu expressed his readiness to take full advantage of the broad leadership and managerial education to enhance his career goals as well as sharpen his skills both personally and professionally. He Said that “The programme would help him to grow as a leader in broadcasting industry, whose focus is more than the bottom line, as well as one who can bring a technical perspective to managerial challenges with a view to creating positive impact.”
Idowu Olumayowa Ayodeji works at the Engineering department, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA Abeokuta. He has worked in various sectors ranging from Academics, Power Solution Firm, I.T Corporation and Broadcasting Industry – directly focusing on how to solve people’s problem within his environment. and currently work with Nigerian Television Authority, Abeokuta.
A holder of Bachelor Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Uthman Dan Fodio University Sokoto, and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Idowu’s passion for education driven him to begin additional higher degree in Communication and Digital Signal at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
He is a member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE), member, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), International Association of Engineers (IAENG), Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Fellow Institute of Policy Management and Development (IPMD), Registered Member of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and Registered Engineer with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). As an academician, Engr. Idowu has many published peer-reviewed articles in local and international journals, actively participated and presented at local as well as International conferences and meetings.