On March 23, 2024, the prestigious Institute of Policy and Leadership Development (IPMLD) held a landmark induction ceremony at the Continental Suites in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The event saw the conferment of distinguished honours and formal induction as FIPMLD of several illustrious professionals from across institutions and parastatals into the elite ranks of IPMLD, Africa’s foremost body dedicated to policy administration, management and leadership development.

Among the renowned inductees was Professor Reuben Jiya Kolo, FfS, the esteemed Vice Chancellor of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, whose academic brilliance and visionary leadership have made him an exemplar in the Nigerian higher education sphere.

Established in 2004, IPMLD has been at the vanguard of fostering efficient service delivery and catalyzing national development through its specialized professional education, training and research initiatives. The institute is guided by a steadfast mission to cultivate robust standards and comprehensive frameworks that embed the culture of policy management across all strata of society. Moreover, it is committed to providing cutting-edge leadership and management education programs carefully tailored to address the evolving needs of economies navigating an upward growth trajectory.

The induction ceremony commenced with an insightful lecture delivered by IPMLD’s esteemed Patron, Rt. Ven. Prof. Olajire Abiola Bamisaye, a distinguished Professor of Political Science. Prof. Bamisaye’s thought-provoking lecture, titled “Achieving Improved Productivity through Excellent Leadership and Good Policy Management,” expounded on the pivotal role that exemplary leadership and adroit policy management play in unlocking elevated productivity levels across both the private and public sectors.

In his address, Prof. Bamisaye underscored, “We have the ability to improve productivity through excellent leadership and good policy management”. This topic holds paramount relevance for every echelon of human endeavor, transcending boundaries. He emphasized that a truly inspirational leader must embody the hallmarks of optimism and a courage to navigate challenges.

After the powerful induction lecture, the newly inducted members, including Prof. Kolo, were ceremonially ushered into the prestigious ranks of FIPMLD. In his vote of thanks on behalf of the awardees and inductees, Prof. Reuben Jiya Kolo, FfS, FIPMLD, applauded the institute for its vital contributions towards nurturing professional excellence and fostering an integrated culture of policy management praxis across the African continent. 

The induction ceremony served as a resounding affirmation of IPMLD’s steadfast adherence to its core values of excellence, professionalism, trustworthiness and integrity. The newly minted inductees now join the vanguard of distinguished professionals collectively striving to propel national development through exemplary policy leadership.

As IPMLD continues to blaze trails as a world-class forum rallying professionals across disciplines, this induction marks a significant milestone for the newly inducted members. Their association with the institute will undoubtedly fortify their commitment to upholding the highest standards of professional competence and amplifying the resonance of policy management praxis across sectors.

The Vice Chancellor, Crawford University, Prof.Reuben Jiya Kolo, with other inductees