National president of IoD wants to build pipeline of millennials to lead as transition to chartered status beckons

Dr Ije Jidenma, national president of IoD (r) with new chairman of IoD in Port Harcourt zone, Mr Adoage Norteh

·New PH zonal chairman, Adaoge Norteh, rejects poor spirit in institute’s affairs

By Ignatius Chukwu

The national president of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Ije Jidenma (PhD), has urged the newly inaugurated executives of the Port Harcourt zone to bring value to the institute and to be courageous, consistent and continue to exhibit good governance practices as pillars holding the IoD.

She made the call last week in Port Harcourt when she inaugurated the new executives led as chairman by former boss of the Rivers Revenue Board, Adoage Norteh, and Chinyere Nwogo (PhD) as vice chairman. The exco also has Tari Ekpebu as secretary, Kufre Etim Ubaha as assistant secretary, Ifeyinwa Chukwukadibia as treasurer, Nnamdi Opara as public relations officer, and the immediate past chairman, Chidi Okoroh, as ex-officio member.

The president and council chairman who commended the new and old executives for the peaceful annual general meeting (AGM) urged them to help in the transition of IOD as a body in the period that it is transforming to a chartered institute.

Giving insight into the focus of her tenure which began in June 2021, Jidenma mentioned future readiness of the IoD and to make positive impact on Nigeria and Africa. “Public private partnership (PPP) is going to be the key. We will want to get millenials into the IOD and build a pipeline of directors and help young directors to build global companies. We will support women directors to grow and take responsibility.”

On growing the IoD, she said impact should be felt and be in the states with Abuja, Port Harcourt as pillars. She described getting the IoD to a chartered institute as major big step on her lap. “The Bill has passed through the Senate and is in the House of Representatives as we look forward to presidential assent. The IOD House construction is ongoing, there is digital transformation also going on.”

She challenged the PH Zone to bring up their needs for consideration. She said there is need for transformational leadership in the zone to actualise the core values of the IOD since PH is regarded as a pillar of the institute.”

The immediate past zonal chairman, Chidi Okoroh, reeled out many activities of the IoD during his four years including many webinars plus the 2021 members evening and award night. “Our focus was to show that PH had come to be. So, we worked hard to grow membership.”

Speaking after collecting the mantle of leadership from Okoroh, the new chairman, Norteh, who thanked the members for entrusting such mantle in his hands said: “A lot of work is ahead to wake up interest of members. Scanty attendance and participation is not good.  It’s a major area of attention and we are going to face it squarely.’

(First used in BusinessDay)