Mrs.Pauline Tallen
Mrs.Pauline Tallen

By Plangnan Davou

It was Pope Francis who said that “A good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. A good political leader always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces.”

As the march towards the 2019 general elections gathers momentum, aspirants to various elective offices across the political party divides have been bracing up for their individual aspired elective seats, from states and national assemblies, governorship, and the much coveted nation’s seat, the presidency.

Like Senegal, Kenya, Gambia and Ghana where women involvement in politics is between 50-60 per cent and even in Rwanda has made considerable progress and development after the genocide episode over 20 years ago because of visionary leadership in the country that deemed it fit to give about 60 per cent quota to women in the affairs of politics and governance.

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The prospect of a competent and an accomplished woman like Mrs.Pauline Tallen from Plateau South Senatorial District is bound to ruffle feathers because of the difference she is going to make in the red chambers of the National Assembly.

Pauline Kedem Tellen, OFR is a politician. In 1999, she was appointed Minister of State for science and technology to the cabinet of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. She became deputy governor of Plateau State in 2007, becoming the first woman to be a deputy governor in northern Nigeria. In 2011, she contested to be governor of the state but lost to Jonah Jang.

She was honoured as woman of the year for her contribution to Nigeria at the 10th African Icon of Our Generation Award.

While Tallen was in office as deputy governor of plateau state, she had always exhibited the qualities of a servant leader, as a philanthropist, and social crusader against corruption and injustice in her community and state at large.

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It was Robert K. Greenleaf in the Essay, “The Servant as Leader,” who said that, “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…”

Mrs. Tallen gave all her best as the deputy governor to public service because she saw it as a duty to give back in the spirit of give and take. No wonder she became a model and it is one of the signature lines that she is remembered for across the state and in Nigeria.

Also in her days in office, aside from her excellent performance record which earned her a presidential commendation, the principles of integrity, hard work, sound discipline, decorum and demeanour, strict adherence to work ethics, rules and established professional conduct are the best element which many associate knew her.

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For anyone who truly values good governance and wellbeing of Plateau South Senatorial District over and above personal or other basic and primordial interests, a major point of departure from the political landscape is an increased demand for competence.

No one in Plateau South Senatorial District that ever had an encounter with Mrs.Pauline Tallen could doubt that she is eminently qualified to be described as a good leader. Her leadership qualities are needed in the R