The calls for restructuring and resistance to same from different sides of the polity have lately agitated the polity. Agitators for the restructuring of the polity have over time championed their cause using various channels albeit with limited success.

However, the substance of the arguments has over time been clouded by the very issues that have dwarfed Nigeria’s progress in the comity of nations.

The country’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC has itself constituted a committee of some of its leading lights to define for it what the term means.

Vanguard, in its continuing mission towards a better life for the people, is bringing together some of the leading lights in the civil rights community to examine the issue at the Vanguard Conference Hall VCH holding at the corporate headquarters on Wednesday.

The session has the theme: Restructuring: What is it?

The session is to be streamed live on the Vanguard website will commence by 11:00 a.m. and will be moderated by Vanguard’s Emmanuel Aziken. The discussants include Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, the chairperson of Transition Monitoring Group, TMG; Bala Zaka, Engineer, Chartered Accountant, and Public Affairs Analyst; Chukwuemeka Eze, Lawyer, journalist, and former politician and Olukayode Salako, Activist and Good Governance Advocate.

The quartet will be supported by renown columnist and the chairman of Vanguard Editorial Board, Ochereome Nnanna and Dayo Benson, Deputy Chairman, of the Editorial Board.

ABIOLA AKIYODE-AFOLABIStudent activist turned civil rights champion

Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, former student activist, lawyer, and civil rights activist is the chairperson of the Transition Monitoring Group, a coalition of 400 civil society organizations in Nigeria.

She is also the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, WARD-C, non-profit civil rights organization established in the year 2000 to promote respect for Human Rights, Gender Equality, Equity, in Nigeria.

She was a delegate at the 2014 CONFAB and was the Public Relations Officer of the Students Union Government, SUG during her days at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU.

BALA ZAKA: Engineer, Chartered Accountant, and Public Affairs Analyst

Bala Zakka, Petroleum Engineer, Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Tax Analyst and a member of the Technical Research and Public Policy Committee, the Benevolent & Educational Trust Fund Committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), the Society of Petroleum

Zakka is also an Energy/Public Affairs Analyst and a regular featured guest/analyst on the major television and radio networks in Nigeria.

CHUKWUEMEKA EZE: Lawyer, journalist, and former politician

CHUKWUEMEKA EZE is a public affairs analyst, a civil rights activist, legal practitioner, former columnist with The Sun and Union newspapers, was a member of the National Advisory Council against Money Laundering. He once contested election and lost as a member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly for Ohaozara East in 2003. Besides being a lawyer, Eze is a journalist, chartered tax practitioner, Notary Public, and chartered mediator.

OLUKAYODE SALAKO: Activist, good governance advocate

Olukayode Salako is a human rights activist, educationist, and advocate of good governance. He is the National Coordinator, Change Agents of Nigeria, CAN, and is involved in the affairs of several civil society groups.

As a public commentator, he is a regular guest on talk sho on television, radio and print media.  He is passionate about the emergence of a new and prosperous Nigeria where equity and justice reign. He holds a BSc in Business Administration and a Masters degree from the University of Lagos. Salako is also an educationist, who owns a top-notch institution in Lagos.



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