To further bring Nigeria’s infrastructural development to the fore, Business Hallmark Newspaper’s Public Policy Forum will be organizing a town hall meeting on the issue on May 25, 2021.
At a press conference on the Public Policy Forum Townhall meeting in Lagos on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Sir (Chief) Mark Wabara, Chairman, Public Policy Forum, said the event with the theme: Nigeria’s Infrastructural Revolution; Road to a New Future, which will hold at the Shehu Musa YarAdua Centre, Abuja, will be chaired by former Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Odigie Oyegun.
“In another eight weeks, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will be six years in office. Despite the global economic and environmental challenges, it seems to have laid a foundation for the nation’s industrial rebirth by its massive investments in key infrastructure. The administration has executed and continues to support projects in critical sectors such as rail transportation, Port Infrastructure, roads and bridges, housing, aviation, power and ICT across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Despite the administration’s other challenges, it has on infrastructure, shown an uncommon commitment and resilience in ensuring that it delivers on these initiatives,” he explained.
Nigeria needs more than $3 trillion over the next 30 years to bridge its infrastructural gap, Moody projected last year.
Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Sen Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, Barr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Minister of Works and Housing and Alh Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture are expected at the town hall meeting.
Other dignitaries who will grace the event are Dr Kayode Fayemi, of Ekiti State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna State, Engr Dave Umahi, of Ebonyi State and Prof. Ben Ayade, of Cross River State. Others are Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, and Mr Godin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria. They would be joined by select industry players and civil society groups at the event scheduled for the Shehu Musa YarAdua Centre. The elder statesman, Chief Odigie Oyegun will chair the event.
Sir Wabara who recently took over the chairmanship of Public Policy Forum from Professor George Obiozor, noted that Business Hallmark has from inception, taken an activist role in analysing policy, especially public policies which is why the Business Hallmark Public Policy Forum was birthed a decade ago.
He also disclosed that will townhall meeting will be anchored by the celebrated talk show host Steve Sackur of the BBC HardTalk fame and renowned economist and public policy commentator, Dr Alex Otti.
“We find this task to be most ennobling particularly at a time like this when our nation is in very clear need of every support. We trust that through initiatives like this and the accompanying discourse that comes with it, we would have contributed our own quota towards the Greater Nigeria Project.
“We, therefore, are most encouraged that better days would yet come for us as a nation and people. We are indeed most hopeful and trust that you would join us in making this event the success we envisage,” Sir Wabara asserted.