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Yakubu, Adamu, others attend Realnews sixth anniversary lecture


[FILE PHOTO] INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Realnews Magazine and Publications Limited will hold its Sixth Anniversary Lecture on Thursday, November 15, at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. Time is 10 am.  

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, would deliver the lecture on “Political Transitions and Africa’s Economic Development”.

Yakubu, a professor of political history and international studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy, is a guerrilla warfare expert. Prior to his appointment as chairman of the INEC, he served as Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

Former Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, Dr. Haroun Adamu, will chair the Lecture.

The event will also feature a panel discussion, leverage on the topic to speak on Africa’s maturing democratic and economic culture.

The panellists are Dr. Charles Okeke, Dean, School of Education, Behavioural & Social & Professor of Economics, The College of Southern Nevada, Nevada System of Higher Education, Charleston Campus, Las Vegas, United States of America, (U.S), Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, Director, Africa and West Regional Programme and Liaison Office of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Engr. Simbi Wabote, executive secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Bayelsa, Nigeria. Both the lecturer and all of the panellists have confirmed their attendance at the event.

Publisher and editor, Realnews magazine, Maureen Chigbo, said, “Our choice of topic for the 2018 lecture was informed by contemporary political, economic, security, socio-cultural challenges facing Africa, albeit Nigeria regarded as the “Giant of Africa” as it prepares for the 2019 polls where Nigerians are expected to elect leaders they hope will move the country to the next level.”

She added that given Yakubu’s world class experience, academic antecedents and his current position as chairman of INEC, he is in a better position to do justice to the topic.

Chigbo said that after the panel and interactive sessions, there will be an investiture into the prestigious Realnews Hall of Fame, exclusively reserved for only guest speakers, discussants, Realnews book reviewers and chairpersons at our Anniversary Lecture Series. 
Former inductees into the Realnews Hall of Fame are Dr. (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and Former Vice President, World Bank, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, United Nations Special Representative to West Africa and Sahel; Mr. Alex Cummings, Liberian Presidential Candidate, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps; Ibrahim Idris among others.

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