By BASHIR ADEFAKA
The inaugural Public Policy lecture series titled, Building Credible Electoral Process for Democratic Sustainability being put together by the alumni association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, AANI, will hold on March 11, 2014 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
According to a release by the association, the lecture, which will have the renowned constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, as lead speaker, is expected to be graced by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who will be chairman of the occasion. Other eminent Nigerians like Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal; Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar; Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio; INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega; Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and a former Vice- presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria and renowned banker, Mr. Fola Adeola will be among the discussants at the lecture.
AANI was formed in response to the need for government and the Nigerian society to constantly tap from the rich mix of high-level manpower nurtured at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru. The institute was established in 1979 as Nigeria’s foremost policy think-tank with the primary objective of developing a crop of top-class technocrats of high intellectual capacity, who will conceptualise and anchor the implementation of innovative and dynamic policy initiatives and strategies critical for national development.
According to the Chairman of AANI, Lagos, Mr. Victor Banjo, “Due to the general public concern AANI feels duty bound to work with other Nigerians to draw attention to the issues and create a forum for public discourse which should lead to solutions borne out of our collective experience and desire.” The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr. Muyiwa Odejayi, disclosed that the event will be attended by a cross-section of top functionaries from various tiers of Government, diplomatic corps, political groupings, academia, organised private sector, labour, armed forces and para-military institutions, corporate Nigeria as well as the media.