La Roche Leadership Foundation Officially Opens Resource Center in Lagos

La Roche Leadership Foundation Officially Opens Resource Center in Lagos

A non-profit organization founded in 2013 by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to offer leadership mentoring and empowerment for the Nigerian youths, La Roche Leadership Foundation, has been formally opened to members of the public.

The Foundation, which has the main mandate of attending to the welfare and prosperity of Nigerian students in all facets of their educational endeavours, was opened to the general public at an event attended by dignitaries from all walks of life on Saturday in Lagos.

 

R-L: Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Lagos Global, Prof. Ademola Abass; Director, Legal Services, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Barr. Seyi Alade and Chairman, Board of Directors, La Roche Leadership Foundation, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.) in the Library of La Roche Leadership Foundation at Gbagada during the formal launching of the Foundation, on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
R-L: Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Lagos Global, Prof. Ademola Abass; Director, Legal Services, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Barr. Seyi Alade and Chairman, Board of Directors, La Roche Leadership Foundation, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.) in the Library of La Roche Leadership Foundation at Gbagada during the formal launching of the Foundation, on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

The Governor, who has since stepped aside from active participation in the affairs of the Foundation to avoid conflict of interest, was said to have founded the organization owing to his passion for reaching out to children and young ones, especially by creating and sustaining a positive and enabling educational environment for Nigerian students

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Part of the objectives of the Foundation was to sponsor students by way of scholarships, grants and organizing capacity building seminars, workshops and other related activities and opportunities to students and young people, as well as collaborating with other stakeholders such as government agencies, NGOs, foreign bodies to raise awareness on the state of education in Nigeria and intervening with solutions.

L-R: Director, La Roche Leadership Foundation, Mrs. Marina Osoba; Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Lagos Global, Prof. Ademola Abass; member, Board of Directors, La Roche Leadership Foundation, Mrs. Titi Anibaba; Chairman, Board of Directors of the Foundation, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.); Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Affairs, Engr. Adekunle Olayinka; Director, Legal Services, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Barr. Seyi Alade during the formal launching of La Roche Leadership Foundation at Gbagada, Lagos, on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
L-R: Director, La Roche Leadership Foundation, Mrs. Marina Osoba; Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Lagos Global, Prof. Ademola Abass; member, Board of Directors, La Roche Leadership Foundation, Mrs. Titi Anibaba; Chairman, Board of Directors of the Foundation, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.); Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Affairs, Engr. Adekunle Olayinka; Director, Legal Services, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Barr. Seyi Alade during the formal launching of La Roche Leadership Foundation at Gbagada, Lagos, on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

The Foundation, which has service, diligence and integrity as watchwords, also has the mandate of inculcating leadership values and training as a way of grooming future leaders in all spheres of life.

In her welcome address at the event, Administrator of the Foundation, Mrs. Marina Oshoba said the formal launch marked a milestone in the life of the Foundation, as it would offer a relationship between the organization and the core people it had been working to serve who are the children and young ones.

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She said: “We started our registration process in 2012 but we got our permit by 2013 and even from before then till date, we have been working on our six projects which are the Flags Project, Tool Box Project, Internship Project, Toy Box Project, Support Our Schools Project and Our Chosen Youth Project.

“Since we got our new facility last year May, we are now fine-tuning our in-house work such as our Book Bank, E-library, Mobile Library, Resource Centre and E-book Club. We have a facebook page and we have a blog that we write every two weeks where we talk about education and leadership mentoring,” Mrs. Oshoba said.

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For instance, the Administrator said through the Schools Support Project, the Foundation hoped to answer to infrastructural needs of schools in Lagos State and work with manufacturers of building and construction materials, building technology professionals and other well meaning sponsors to help refurbish and upgrade public schools, while the Foundation has so far won three awards for projects executed at Government Technical College, Agidingbi; St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebute Metta and Ojokoro Community Library.

Speaking on funding, Mrs. Oshoba said for now, the Board of La Roche Leadership Foundation was not favourably disposed to the idea of soliciting for funds from the public, but felt the Foundation has to first build track record, adding that the believe is that people must first see what the Foundation has been able to do to be persuaded to give.

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Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the Foundation and retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice George Oguntade said the essence of such Foundation could not be down played, as it would go a long way in reaching out to people.

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He said: “If you look at the starting position of the Nigerian society, you will know that we are virtually at the end of the ladder in almost all aspects and so foundations like this will hasten development in Nigeria and I think it is commendable.”

Justice Oguntade, however, expressed the hope that the Foundation would be replicated across the State and later across the country, so that the advantages can be evenly distributed.

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Also speaking, Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Oversees Affairs, Professor Ademola Abass, said  Foundations such as La Roche would help reach out to people who are often overlooked by mainstream governmental agencies in the society either because their needs do not fall within the mainframe policies of government at any given point in time.

 

Ambode’s Flag Project Excites Students, School Teachers

Ambode’s Flag Project Excites Students, School Teachers

He may be busy with campaigns all over Lagos State, espousing the message of continuity, but the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is also creatively creating time for other humanitarian projects that reveal his patriotic disposition and showcases his passion for excellence.

One of such programmes is the Flags Project, which he is executing through his non-governmental organization – the La Roche Leadership Foundation. It is a unique initiative that started two years ago but which has reverberated throughout Lagos in the past one month as a state-wide project that seeks to commission the Lagos State Flag and the Nigerian Flag in all public primary and secondary schools in the state. This is aimed at imbibing the culture of patriotism, unity and responsibility in the students towards their state and country as a whole according to Ambode, who since his retirement as the Accountant General/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance in 2012, has ran a successful Public Finance company, Brandsmith Consulting before venturing into politics.

Since the inception of the project, the focus has been to “catch them young” by instilling patriotic zeal in students, particularly in public schools “so that they can develop a good appreciation for the values of unity and peaceful coexistence in their fatherland.” For someone who is a son of a school teacher and disciplinarian and who has developed himself educationally with a master’s degree in Accounting as well as qualifying as a chartered accountant at 24, the values that education brings are non-negotiable. And this is the reason why Ambode says he is passionate about anything that will put education and patriotic values on the front burner.

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And he finds time to be directly involved in this laudable project. As at last week, the Foundation has commissioned flags in 18 schools spread across five Local Government Areas in the state. According to the coordinator of the project, Mrs. Marina Osoba, the Flags Project has previously been through two stages where a total of 11 schools were covered. Now in its third stage, it has reached additional seven schools, some of which include Surulere Secondary School, Surulere and Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School, Ikoyi; Kiniun-Ifa Nursery and Primary school, Gbagada, Agidingbi Nursery and Primary School, Expressway Nursery and Primary School, and Rauf Aregbesola Nursery and Primary School.

In each school visited, the La Roche team was received by enthusiastic teachers and students who expressed gratitude and commendation for this initiative that is hoisting the Nigerian and Lagos flags in strategic locations at places of learning. In each of the school visits, the children are put through the process of hoisting the flags by an expert volunteer, after which an interactive session is held to further intimate them with the needed details. The foundation has also taken the project to the Special Correctional Centre for Boys (SCCB) in Oregun, going a step further to donate household items and accouterments to the boys.

Thankfully, some members of the organized private sector have keyed into the morale of the project, and have shown tremendous support by taking practical steps to partner with the La Roche foundation in commissioning the flags in some of the schools. Toyota Nigeria Limited, CuroTen organization and Laser Pointe Limited, are some of the notable partners in the course of the project.

Asides hoisting the flags in these schools, Osoba explains that the project includes the distribution of instructional fliers that contain descriptive and pictorial information about the flags and other national emblems, which are intended to further teach patriotism, give identity and preach nationhood to the young ones.
Osoba explained that the project would add value to the lives of the school pupils and make them grow into better adults with requisite understanding of their roles in nation building. She stated this while also underlining the importance of targeting these individuals in their formative years.

“We looked at our public schools and found out that there is this paucity, more or less, a lack of relevant information amongst most of these pupils, especially about the world around them and also about values of unity, patriotism and leadership. This project seeks to address that situation by taking a practical step to reverse the ignorant trend”. She added that the founder, Ambode, “initiated the project to explore the inquisitive nature of these kids who are still in their formative years, and make them identify with core nationalistic values that will eventually make them outstanding adults in the future”.

It was James E. Faust that said: “Among the other values children should be taught are respect for others, beginning with the child’s own parents and family; respect for patriotic beliefs and the symbols of faith; respect for law and order; respect for the property of others; respect for authority”, it is with this wise counsel in mind, according to Osoba, that the Flags project has received enthusiastic reception with Lagos public schools.

One of the volunteers for the project stated that the enthusiasm of the pupils they have met so far in the schools already visited, reveals their eagerness to learn new and relevant things, adding that such attitude will keep fueling the foundation’s resolve to continue with the project and cover all Lagos schools.
“The Flags Project will continue its resolve to educate all pupils in every Lagos public schools and achieve its aim of better pupils with enriched minds and brains,” she stated, adding that the La Roche Leadership Foundation is a non-governmental organization based in Lagos, with a vision to help raise generations of responsible, hardworking, focused and well educated leaders, equipped and ready to make a positive impact in all spheres of life.

The Flags Project 2015 – La Roche Leadership Foundation

The Flags Project 2015 – La Roche Leadership Foundation

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s foundation, La Roche Leadership Foundation in partnership with Curo Ten Nigeria Limited has continued with its unique initiative called the Flags Project.

The Flags Project is a state-wide project in Lagos State which seeks to install the Lagos State Flag and Nigerian Flag in all public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State to imbibe a culture of unity and responsibility in the students towards their state and nation as a whole.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate had earlier explained at the project’s inception, that the idea behind the initiative was to start early in imbibing patriotic sentiments in Nigerian children. He stated that the Flags Project was borne out of the need to re-awaken the Nigerian dream in children, inculcate in them the right values and attitudes towards the nation and Lagos state.

The Flags Project 2015
The Flags Project 2015

The project has already been through two stages with a total of 11 schools covered.

It reached Surulere Secondary School, Surulere and Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School, Ikoyi yesterday. Within the next two weeks, 7 more schools will be covered spanning Surulere, Ikoyi, Akowonjo, Ketu, Surulere, Agidingbi and Opebi.