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Leadership training centre mooted for the state
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Nov. 2010 1:21 AM IST
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If things went well, Nagaland will soon have an exclusive leadership training institute, to train upcoming leaders of all sections of society.
The idea for the establishment of such a leadership training institute was mooted by Rev. Luoliehu Yimsung in a presentation at a meeting of collective leaders from different sections of the Naga society held Sunday evening at the official bungalow of chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The meeting was “historic and fruitful” and the proposal well received by the collective leaders present, Rev. Yimsung told media persons Monday morning at the residence of former speaker NLA and political advisor to chief minister of Nagaland, Z. Lohe.
The meeting, though informal and unusual, was said to have been well attended by legislators from all political parties and leaders from all sections and different professions of Naga society. The house endorsed the proposal to go ahead as soon as possible and decided to constitute a core committee to be headed by well known thinker and intellectual Niketu Iralu as convener, who will study the feasibility and work out the detail for the proposed institute.
“We need good leaders and we want to set up a very good institute to groom and train our leaders”, said Rev. Luoliehu.
The institute would not only be a place for training leaders of the state, region or country, but a global institute or strategic think-tank centre as well, for which, the contribution of all sections of the people would be required. “At the moment, we are not looking at anybody but we are open for donors and we are confident that lots of people can contribute”, Rev. Luoliehu said. “This is not only for the Nagas but we see beyond”, he added while revealing that the proposal he had put forward was not the outcome of an hour’s thinking, but of more than one and a half year of intense study and thinking.
Rev. Luoliehu, who is currently in the state from Australia to conduct leadership seminars with different sections of leaders under the slogan “Leaders Arise”, while announcing that he would be leaving soon, said he was inspired by the Biblical Nehemiah and recalled how he started his mission on leadership training during the time when Z. Lohe was the speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly and Dr. S.C. Jamir was chief minister of Nagaland in 2001. He attributed Z. Lohe as the brainchild of the leadership establishment in Biblical style.
Meanwhile, Lohe said the response to Rev. Luoliehu’s proposal for the leadership training institute had been “very good.” He admitted that the idea being new, might not be received well by many, but added it would be for a common cause.
Reacting to query on the availability of resource person for manning such institute or centre, Lohe expressed confidence that such resource persons could be imported from across the country and the world, basing on required expertise in different fields.
The meeting was attended by a host of elected representatives of the state, top bureaucrats, contractors, chief advisors of municipal bodies and members of apex Naga civil societies such as the Naga Hoho, ENPO and various NGOs.

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