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Annual October Lecture

Radio Nigeria 2016 Annual Lecture

 Topic: Fighting Corruption and Growing A Sustainable Nigerian Economy

 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Obadiah Mailafia (DPhil Oxon)

 
Date: Thursday, 27th October, 2016

 
Venue: NAF Conference Centre & Suites, Plot 496,
 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kado, Abuja.

 

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia is a socio-economist and policy analyst with experience in international development, banking and finance. He is Chef de Cabinet of the SG of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States based in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Mailafia began his career as a university academic in Nigeria and in the UK. He then joined the African Development Bank Group, serving in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and in Tunisia. He worked as a research economist and as Chief Economist in the Planning and Budgeting Department.

During 2005—2006 Dr. Mailafia was Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with responsibility for monetary policy, foreign exchange operations, investment management, research, statistics, and cooperation with international institutions. After leaving the Central Bank, he was appointed Special Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Economic and Policy Matters, being at the same time a member of the National Economic Management Team (NEMT). Dr. Mailafia has also been consultant for UNDP, DFID, and Nasarawa State of Nigeria.

Oadiah Mailafia is B.Sc. Social Sciences honours graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is also an Economics graduate of the former Institut international d’administration publique of Paris (now ENA). Dr. Mailafia completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford, specialising in International Economics and Development in 1995.

Dr. Mailafia has several publications in the fields of international economic relations, monetary economics, finance and macroeconomic policy, notable among them his book, Europe and Economic Reform in Africa (Routledge 1997). His current research interests are in the areas of regional monetary integration, international monetary cooperation, global governance reform, international trade (ACP/WTO) and the dialogue of civilisations in international relations.

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Radio Nigeria 2015 Annual Lecture

 

Topic: Managing Change in a Democracy: The Nigerian Situation

Guest Speaker: Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha,
Executive Governor of Imo State

Date: Monday, 16th November, 2015

Venue: NAF Conference Centre & Suites, Plot 496,
Ahmadu Bello Way, Kado, Abuja.

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha was born on 22 September 1962 in Ogboko,
Ideato South, Imo State. He attended Juladaco High School, Jos (1976-1981).

He studied at the University of Jos (1990-1991), obtaining a diploma in Public
Administration. He returned to the University of Jos (1993-1994) to obtain an
Advanced Diploma in Public Administration.

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Radio Nigeria 2014 Annual October Lecture

Topic: The Imperative of 2015 General Election and Challenges to Nationhood.

Guest Speaker: Yusuf Maitama Sule (Dan Masanin Kano)

Date: 30th  October, 2014

Venue: International Conference Center, Garki , Abuja

He was born 1929 in Kano City, Kano State, Nigeria. He had
his elementary education at the Shahuci Elementary School in Kano,
Kano Middle school and then Kano College. He has held several ministerial
posts during his time.

He scored many firsts during his official work life which include:
first Minister of Mines and Power, first Commissioner for Local
Government Kano State, first Commissioner for Forestry, Community
Development and Cooperative. He was also the First Chief of Public
Complaints Commission of Nigeria, First Chairman National Council for Arts and Culture.
He was the Special envoy of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Lancaster
House Talks for the independence of Zimbabwe.

He received a number of honours such as: the Nigerian National Honour of Commander
of the Federal Republic (CFR) for contributing to Nigeria’s Public administration, excellent
diplomatic service, promotion of Nigerian Culture, and advocacy of responsible political leadership.
He was honoured by the Patrice Lumumba University, Moscow, for the promotion of world peace.
His hobbies include Reading, especially the Holy Qur’an, and imparting knowledge through lectures and dialogue.

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Radio Nigeria 2013 Annual October Lecture

Mr. Chairman, please permit me to start this lecture by thanking the
Management of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN),
for inviting me to give the Seventh FRCN Annual October Lecture.
Given its mandate of “Uplifting the People and Uniting the Nation”,
the FRCN title for this year’s lecture is very apt. I congratulate FRCN
for its performance and sensitivity to issues of our national concerns over the years.
This topic was given to me for the Fifth October Lecture in 2011, but had to be
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OCTOBER LECTURE JINGLE...


There comes a time in the history of every nation, when
her people must rise and come together for a common good.
Today, Nigerians all over realize that security and peace are
essential for national development.

The Federal Radio of Nigeria presents the Seventh edition of the FRCN Annual October lecture.

The Platform on which the Corporation annually engages the Nigerian People through the presentation
of a topic of obvious overriding national interest,

To be delivered by Professor Jonah Isawa Elaigwu of the Institute of Governance and Social Research, Jos.
Under the distinguished Chairmanship of Hon Emeka Ihedioha, CON, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives

Chief Host:    Labaran Maku, Hon Minister of Information and Supervising Minister of Defence.

Host:         Alhaji Bola Agboola Ag. Director-General FRCN

Venue:     Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center

Date:        Thursday 31st October 2013

Time:        11:30am

Come join us at the Seventh FRCN Annual October Lecture.

It’s Radio Nigeria

We Uplift the People and Unite the Nation

OCTOBER LECTURE JINGLE 2

It’s the dawn of a new beginning in Nigeria’s history as the people have pitched
their tents on a common cause.
Security and Peace: the key ingredient towards National Development.

This ushers in the seventh edition of the FRCN Annual October Lecture put together
by the Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

A platform on which the Corporation annually engages the Nigerian People
through the presentation of a topic of burning issues of national interest,
The topic is Security and Peace:  Imperatives of National Development

To be delivered by Professor Jonah Isawa Elaigwu of the Institute of Governance and Social Research, Jos.

Under the distinguished Chairmanship of Hon Emeka Ihedioha, CON, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives

Chief Host:    Labaran Maku, Hon Minister of Information and Supervising Minister of Defence.

Host:         Alhaji Bola Agboola Ag. Director-General FRCN

Venue:     Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center

Date:        Thursday 31st October 2013

Time:        11:30am

Come join us at the Seventh FRCN Annual October Lecture.

It’s Radio Nigeria

We Uplift the People and Unite the Nation


Radio Nigeria 2010 Annual October Lecture

Theme: Towards Free And Fair Elections 

Topic: INEC’s Action Plan

Guest: Professor Attahiru Mohammadu Jega,OFR

Date: 7th  October, 2011

Venue: Merit House, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama District, Abuja

Excerpt

It gives me immense pleasure to address this auspicious gathering on the occasion of  the  FRCN Annual October Lecture as Guest Speaker. 

In  the second    letter  of  FRCN  which communicated   to  me   the  change  of  date  of this  very  important occasion, the management  reiterated the  need   for  a collective strive  at  ensuring  credible   elections in Nigeria come  2011.  This   to, all intents and purposes,  was  in  sync  with   our   refrain  as  a  Commission to  the effect that the  responsibility  for  ensuring  credible   elections  in  Nigeria   is  not  INEC’s  alone;  it  is   a  collective one...

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Radio Nigeria 2009 Annual October Lecture

Theme: Poverty Alleviation

Topic: Solutions to the Challenge of Poverty in Nigeria

Guest: Dr. Magnus Kpakol

Date: 29th October, 2009

Venue: Merit House, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama District, Abuja

Excerpt

Poverty anywhere and everywhere is “the inability of man to control his environment and when this is the situation means is under the control of his environment with all its vicissitudes, vagaries and uncertainties of which often result in the prevalence of poverty.”

The attendant effect of this scenario is the inability of the poor to meet the challenges, the basic necessities of life which include in the main, food, clothing and shelter.

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Radio Nigeria 2008 Annual October Lecture

Topic: Food Security In Nigeria, How Close Are We?

Guest:  Professor Ango Abdullahi, CON

Date: 9th October, 2008

Venue: Merit House, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama District, Abuja

Excerpt

Let me first thank the Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for her gracious consideration in inviting me to give the Corporation’s “Annual October Lecture” this year. I understand that the under-pinning to the annual event is to engage Nigerians in a discourse on tropical issues concerning, and of significant interest to, the nation. Needless to say, however, there are today numerous topical subjects each of which richly worthy of being chosen for the 2008 Annual Lecture. However, in their wisdom, the organizers of this event decided that this year’s lecture should be on “Food Security”.

It is indeed true that in recent months there has been an upsurge of global rhetoric about food shortages with the attendant rise in food prices in various parts of the world, including in countries which, hitherto, were regarded as food secure. Reactions to the recent global food crisis included violent mass protests in several countries. In other situations of more sobre reflections world leaders in general resorted to the now age old appeals calling for urgent action to cope with the serious challenges posed by food insecurity in various parts of the globe, especially in developing countries...

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Radio Nigeria 2007 Annual October Lecture

Topic: Servant Leadership: Living The Pledge

Guest: Professor Pat Utomi

Date: 2nd October, 2007

Venue: National Institute for International Affairs (NIIA) ,  Lagos

Excerpt

Allow me to take advantage of this opportunity to wish you happy Independence Day.  I ask that you kindly permit me to suggest a profitable way of celebrating our dear country’s birthday: deep reflection on why there is such a gap between the promise of 1960 and the ‘reality of 2007 regarding nation building and the quality of life of the average Nigerian.

I will dare to assume that one outcome of such a reflection would include thoughts about the crisis of leadership that has dogged our post-independence history.  To say this, however, is to assume that there is a common understanding of what leadership means. Indeed, if the idea or concept of leadership has a problem it is the tendency for people to confuse being in positions of power or authority with being a leader...

 

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