August 15, 2015
UPSA Outdoors the Drolor Centre for Strategic Leadership

UPSA Outdoors the Drolor Centre for Strategic Leadership

The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has inaugurated a Centre of Excellence at a  leadership  symposium that  deliberated  on  the  causes  of  leadership  deficit  on  the  African continent. The Centre, Drolor Centre for Strategic Leadership (DCSL), was named after the Chancellor  of  the  University,  HRM  Drolor  Bosso  Adamtey 1,  who  is  the  Centre’s  sole benefactor.

Giving a backgroound to the establishment of the Centre, Prof. Goski Alabi, Dean of the Graduate School of the University, noted that even though Africa is well

endowed with natural resources,it has the highest proportion of poor countries in the world. “The question often asked therefore is  why should  a  continent  blessed  with  such abundant  resources  be  so  underdeveloped and characterised with marked poverty?”

”Prof. Mrs. Alabi, said that poverty has often been attributed to corruption, greed, dictatorship,military  coups,  incompetent  leadership,  and  mismanagement. “These  ineffective  leadershippractices  are  believed  to  undermine  Africa’s  governance  systems,  development  and  culture. Africa therefore needs to change this trend, and that is partly why we are establishing the DCSL,which will provide executives, politicians and senior managers with leadership skills for leadingchange and making a difference in the 21st century.” She said.

HRM Drolor Bosso Adamtey 1, who is also the Chair of the Centre, said the vision of DCSL is to be a Centre of Excellence for high level and executive leadership development in Africa for the continent’s accelerated development.

Launching the  Centre,  the  Chancellor  stated  that  the  DCSL will  work  towards  building  the capacities of existing leaders in business, politics, religion and academia, as well as groom the next  generation  of  ethical  leaders  with  the  requisite  social  capital,  leadership  skills  andcompetences for partnerships, networks, and economic development of the continent.  

In  addition,  the  Centre  will  provide  a  platform  for  case  sharing  on  the  continent  through leadership conferences, symposia, workshops and research seminars.

Drolor Bosso Adamtey 1 said Africa has a great potential and will only be able to drive its owndevelopment agenda if it nurtures its youth to believe in themselves.  “The Drolor Centre forStrategic Leadership is paving the way for this.” He said.

Speakers at the symposium included, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel  Asante, Chairman, National PeaceCouncil, who spoke on whether Ghana had confidence in the African Union (AU) in the area of strategic leadership;  Prof. Agyemang Badu Akosa,  a Professor of Pathology at the University of Ghana Medical School and a leading politician, gave a thought-provoking presentation on how the AU should facilitate its relationship with African leadership in terms of security, health and wealth  creation  or  poverty  reduction;  H.E.  Ademola  Oluseyi  Onafowokan,  Nigerian  High Commissioner, talked on the relevance of the Mo Ibrahim Award; and Fred Awaah, the Secretary General of the All  Africa Students’ Union, discussed how African countries can demonstrate strategic leadership.

There  was the  general  consensus  among all  speakers  that  Ghana, and indeed Africa  lacked strategic  leaders  to  meaningfully  translate  its  natural  resources  to  wealth  creation. “The establishment of the DCSL could not have come at a better time to contribute to the training of strategic leaders in Ghana and Africa,” concluded Rev. Prof Asante.

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