Donald Duke, Peter Obi, Japheth Omojuwa, Seun Onigbinde, Others Call For Transparency And Accountability In Government

Former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, has called for transparency and accountability in governance across all levels. Mr. Obi expressed this notion at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders which took place today at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Themed ‘Open Governance: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government’, the Symposium brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship.

While speaking, Peter Obi decried the cost of governance in Nigeria stating that Nigeria needs a broad, comprehensive approach to address issues of budget inflation and corruption among public servants.

“The present cost of governance in Nigeria is totally unacceptable”, Obi said. “Expenses of running the government in Nigeria is at the detriment of the citizens. Most Nigerians have no knowledge of the Chairman of their local government, so how do you expect to keep them accountable?”

Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder, BudgIT, affirmed that citizens need to demand answers from elected officials at all levels.

“Nigerians need to demand for transparency all the time. The National Assembly spends 10 times the budget of other federal institutions in the country. The government serves the people, not the other way round. Nigeria is our collective responsibility, and as true citizens of this country, we need to find our voices,” Onigbinde said.

Speakers at the event include Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; and Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach.

Others are Dayo Isreal, youth advocate; Rinsola Abiola, youth advocate; Ayo Thompson, award-winning TV/Radio presenter; Seun Okinbaloye, Arit Okpo and political correspondent, Channels TV.

The third edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders was powered by The Future Project, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com.

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Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Others To Speak At The Nigerian Symposium for Young And Emerging Leaders

The third edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders hosted by The Future Project, in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com, is set to feature policy shapers in Nigeria such as Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Donald Duke, Femi Fani-Kayode, among others. The event will hold on 30 May, 2017 at TerraKulture, Lagos.

The Symposium will bring together leaders in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more – to engage and discuss the theme ‘Open governance: Improving transparency and accountability in government’.

“YNaija, through YMonitor (http://monitor.ynaija.com) – its accountability and governance portal – continues to perform its strategic role as media watchdog through which citizens keep tab on projects and activities of government with a view to building democratic institutions and strengthening the levers of governance at all levels,” said Isime Esene, Managing Editor of Y!/YNaija.com. “The Symposium will provide young leaders a platform to crystallize ideas and proffer solutions to issues of leadership facing the country.”

Bukonla Adebakin, the Chief Operating Officer of The Future Project, urged participants to drive robust engagement and further the course of young people across Nigeria.

“We are excited by the sheer quality of discussants lined-up to speak at the event,” Adebakin said. “There is no better time than now to take on the theme of the Symposium which focuses on the crucial leadership and development imperative of open governance. It is only through adopting globally accepted democratic values such as this that we can truly succeed in building active and empowered citizens,” she added.

Speakers at the symposium include Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation; and Hon. Adbulmumin Jibrin, member of the House of Representative.

Others are Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach; Seun Onigbinde, co-founder, BudgIT; Yemi Adamolekun, executive director, EiE Nigeria; Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV; and Dayo Israel, a youth advocate.

Speakers who have headlined the Symposium include Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education; and Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of youth and development.

Registration is compulsory. Click here: tfp-symposium.eventbrite.com

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