NIGERIA REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
In the spring of 2008 we launched our first regional program in partnership with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) in Bauchi, Nigeria. Our student leaders there designed five community development projects, three of which are already fully implemented and showing results.
Our primary focus is equipping a new generation of entrepreneurs and civic leaders with the skills necessary to solve Nigerian problems using Nigerian resources. We do this by helping them design and create self-sustaining businesses that make measurable differences in the lives of those most severely underserved within the existing economic infrastructure. Each project engages current local leadership as mentors while establishing models of transparency and accountability that provide tangible alternatives to existing practices.
As the Bauchi program grows new partnerships will be established in complementary locations, creating a network of strong community leaders positioned to bring lasting change throughout Nigeria.
KHALIFA M. LAWAN--PROGRAMS MANAGER
After graduating from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in 2005 with a degree in Islamic law and participating in both of Leadership Initiatives' previous programs there, Khalifa went on to study federal law and become LI's first Director of Nigerian Affairs.
UMAR MUHAMMAD-PROJECT OFFICER
A computer hardware engineer who worked with the Indian Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (INIIT) as Director of Training in 2007, Umar became a Director of UFI Technologies in 2008. He joined Leadership Initiatives in 2009 as a Project Officer.
In 2008 Leadership Initiatives launched the Bauchi City Development Program, training future leaders
FISH FARMING INITIATIVE
Equips subsistence farmers with the skills and tools to develop a cash crop.
Provides unemployed youth with marketable skills and job placement.
COMPUTER LITERACY INITIATIVE
Equips disabled individuals with business computing skills.