Monday, June 19, 2017 11.00am/Proshare WebTV
The Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria recently hosted its 2017 Annual lecture, which brings together seasoned financial experts, business leaders, prominent bankers, academic communities from various tertiary institutions, council members and associates to discuss critical issues that impact the socio-economic space of the nation.
Topic of discourse was “National integration, citizenship and the challenge of Economic Policy Making”, which came at a crucial time the nation was experiencing challenges of agitations, from various geo-political zones.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, the President of the Council, Nigerian stock exchange, in his opening remarks asserted that the issue of citizenship was critical to national integration.
President of the CIBN Professor Segun Ajibola in his welcome address noted that in the last 27 years, the institute had established the annual lecture and provided topics that allow the lecturer develop a well researched lecture that provokes qualitative discussions that can serve as policy guides for the government.
Prof Ajibola also shared that the Institute also engages in capacity building for various sectors of the economy.
Delivering the goodwill message from the Lagos State Governor, the Commissioner of Finance Mr. Yemi Asade, said the CIBN Annual lecture provides a platform for the public and private sectors to engage on national issues.
He said Lagos had already domesticated the national integration process in the country, and was a model for other states
The guest lecturer Professor Osita Ogbu, an economist, in his presentation said that this is the number one topic that is affecting Nigeria’s stability.
Prof. Ogbu enjoined the private sector to organize themselves to play a vital role in the national integration and economic policy making dynamics in the country.
According to him, “The issue of national integration and citizenship rights and how they impinge on our social and economic progress has gathered new momentum at a time of unprecedented wealth”.
Ogbu noted that every budget, every appointment and certain economic policies have an ethnic or regional face in the country. He stressed that national integration must be distinguished from state-making.
National integration according to Professor Ogbu is a deliberate political act of constructing acceptance of a national state in the minds of members of the political community.
He stressed that for nations to make progress, leaders must put citizens first and national integration is an issue of an intentional effort that carries along all the geo-political zones and configuration in the country.
The economist asserted that the absence of integration weakens citizenship in any country and called for concerted efforts to build a coherent Nigerian economic policy that values national integration and the right of citizens.
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