Professionals should be given the opportunity to make the needed impact in the country, Founder, Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON), Chief Dipo Bailey, has said.
Bailey, who spoke during the foundation’s induction and investiture ceremony in Lagos, said Nigeria’s infrastructure, road, power, education, health sector among other things are not what they used to be.
He stressed that professionals must be given the opportunity to do their work to ensure that they look at what can be done to address the current depreciating situation.
He said: “There was a time in this country when everything was moving well. But it is not so anymore. This is why PEFON is bringing professionals together so that we can contribute our quota to the nation’s development. We are encouraging professionals to join the Foundation. The Foundation is selective in doing so because it needs to identify those who are qualified to join.
“With the new inductees, the membership of the Foundation will rise to about 270. We plan to organise a conference where all the inductees will be brought together to discuss how to make positive impact on national issues.
“There are young graduates, who have no jobs but could be gainfully employed if they were professionally qualified. If we can help these youths to be professionally qualified, we will be building good leadership for tomorrow, reducing unemployment and crime in the society.”
Bailey urged the new inductees to show commitment to the objectives of PEFON to help the foundation to achieve its aims, adding that if they are committed, they can come together to profer solutions to government on different issues.
PEFON Oath Administrator, Wale Ogunade, further called on professionals to go into politics and not allow touts take over government.
“We should be professional in everything we do. We should take part in politics and not leave politics to touts,” he said.