ABUJA — In consistent with the current demand for “issue-based” politics during the 2011 election, the Murtala Muhammed Foundation is convening a two-day conference, titled “Public Policy and Governance; 2011 and Beyond: Policy Dialogue with Presidential Candidates”.
Scheduled to hold on Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday 9, 2011, at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja, the sessions will present an individualized platform for Presidential candidates to speak on key developmental challenges confronting the country and share their policy prescriptions .
The forum provide a unique opportunity for the public to deeply engage the candidates on expected deliverables in an atmosphere devoid of partisanship and antagonism.
Speaking for the Foundation, the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Aisha Muhammed- Oyebode, the daughter of the former Head of State notes that “the Foundation is an NGO that is set up based on the ideals of my father and has as its focus promoting democracy, development and upright government.
The Foundation wants to add value to the current political discourse by giving all Presidential candidates the platform of a moderated event which offers a much broader interphase for citizen engagement.
It is worthy stating boldly that this Policy Dialogue with Presidential Candidates is not designed, and will not be used, to embarrass or promote any candidate. It will be collegial, non confrontational atmosphere, devoted to issues of development, not to adversarial politics”.
The conference is presented as a series of moderated panel sessions where each Presidential candidate will have 90 minutes exclusively dedicated to him to discuss his programmes and policy prescriptions for Nigeria and its citizenry.
Each session will be moderated by a capable and credible chairperson, assisted by two expert-panelists.
The conference is expected to attract prominent civil society groups, policy practitioners, the international community, the pres and distinguished Nigerians from all walks of life.