June 6, 2016

[Communiqué] We Are All Biafrans
By Nextier Advisory
Synopsis
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Parrésia Publishers Limited and the African Centre for Information and Media Literacy, in partnership with the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, with support from Nextier Advisory, hosted the public presentation of Chido Onumah’s “We Are All Biafrans: A Participant-Observer’s Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster”. The event was moderated by Patrick O. Okigbo III, Principal Partner, Nextier Advisory, and featured a speech presentation and two discussion sessions on Nigeria’s federalism. The event was held at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.

H.E. Atiku Abubakar, (two-time Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) was the Chairman of the event and presented the keynote address. This was followed by a review of the book by Dr. Chidi Odinkalu (Head, Africa Programme, Open Society Justice Initiative). Patrick O. Okigbo III moderated a panel discussion featuring Dr. Oby Ezekwesili (co-founder, Transparency International), Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim (former Director, Centre for Democracy & Development), Nnimmo Bassey (Executive Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation), and Tope Fasua (CEO, Global Analytics Consulting Limited). The discussion covered a broad range of topics covered in the book.

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January 26, 2016

[Transcript] Nigeria and the Biafra Agitation
By Nextier Advisory
Synopsis
On Friday, January 15, 2016, Nextier Advisory, through its public policy initiative (developmentdiscourse™) organised a public dialogue on Nigeria and the renascent agitation for Biafra. The discourse was held at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, Nigeria. This event, which is the first in a three-part public discussion series on the Biafra agitation, aimed to identify the root causes of the agitation and proffer solutions to diffuse the tension in a proactive and sustainable manner. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR (two-time President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) presented the keynote address. He subsequently joined a panel of discussants consisting of Chief Simon Okeke, OFR (former Chairman, Police Service Commission), Tolu Ogunlesi (West Africa Editor, The Africa Report), Kadaria Ahmed (Host “Straight Talk with Kadaria”), and Chido Onumah (Coordinator, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy). Patrick O. Okigbo III (Principal Partner, Nextier Advisory) moderated the session while Jerome Okolo (Executive Vice Chairman, GeoQinetiq Limited) was the compère.
This is the full transcript of the dialogue at the event.


December 4, 2015

Communique: [Development Discourse] Transition Strategy for the Presidential Amnesty Programme
Options and Implications for Security and Development in the Niger Delta
By Eniwo Egbeme
Synopsis
On November 18, 2015, Nextier Advisory through its public policy initiative (Development Discourse), organised a dialogue on the transition strategy for the Presidential Amnesty Programme. The keynote address was delivered by Gen. Paul Boroh (Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and Special Adviser on Niger Delta to the President), and the panel discussants included Aso Tambo (ex-general of a militant group and Leader of the ex-agitators in Phase 2 of the Presidential Amnesty Programme), Mr. Austin Mgbolu (Director, Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs) and Mr. Charles Achodo (Executive Director, Nextier Advisory, & Expert on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration). Patrick O. Okigbo III (Principal Partner, Nextier Advisory) moderated the session.
The Development Discourse event, which was held at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre Abuja, attracted members of the policy community, think tanks, diplomatic community, development agencies, civil society, public and civil services, and the media. The dialogue was focused on resolving the questions that the purported closure of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has raised.
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DD-4Abuja, Nigeria. July 16, 2015 – Nextier announces the fifth edition of its developmentdiscourseTM event to be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 by 4:00 pm at The Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja. The theme of this event is “Anti-Corruption As An Engine For Economic Development – The Bribecode Option” based on the book “The Bribe Code” by Chuma Nwokolo.

Chuma Nwokolo is a Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public. He is also an acclaimed author of many books including “How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories”, “The Ghost of Sani Abacha”, “Diaries of A Dead African”, and many others.

Development Discourse, a public policy initiative of Nextier, is a platform for reform-minded public sector professionals – at the highest level of policy development and programme implementation – to engage in rigorous dialogue on pragmatic solutions to Nigeria’s most critical development challenges. Development Discourse aims to nurture a network that facilitates individual performance and collaboration across Nigeria public sector.

Click on the link below below for photos from previous Development Discourse events.
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DD-4Abuja, Nigeria. February 28, 2015 – Nextier announces the fourth edition of its developmentdiscourseTM event to be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 by 4:00 pm at The Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja. The theme of this event is “2015 Elections: D-day and the Morning After”.

The objectives of this public discourse include:

Operational Readiness: Discuss public concerns with the preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold the elections in March 2015 including, but not limited, to the distribution of permanent voters cards, integrity of the electronic voting machines, operational integrity, electoral fraud, etc.

Security Readiness: Highlight the government’s readiness to provide security for the conduct of the elections in March 2015 and also to forestall any violence that may arise from the result of the elections. Nigerians need to be reassured that this is not the doomsday scenario that is being canvassed in popular discussions.

Deepening Democracy: Discuss the structures that have been put in place to ensure that this election will lead to a deepening of our democracy

Preparing for Governance: Discuss key policy issues eventual winners of the electoral process must start considering to be ready on the morning after

The resources persons that have been invited to join the panel include:

Prof. Mohammed Kuna, Special Adviser to the Chairman, INEC

Dr. Fatimah Akilu, Director, Office of the National Security Adviser

Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, Chairman, Editorial Board, ThisDay newspapers

Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, West Africa Representative, Ford Foundation

Mr. Patrick O, Okigbo III, Principal Partner, Nextier – Moderator

Mr. Olusegun Olukoya, Partner, Nextzon Business Services – Compere

Target Participants

Participants will include chief executives of public sector institutions, senior civil servants, and advisers to Honorable Ministers, Development Agency representatives, Members of the National Assembly, members of the Think Tank community, civil society organizations and the media

Development Discourse, a public policy initiative of Nextier, is a platform for reform-minded public sector professionals – at the highest level of policy development and programme implementation – to engage in rigorous dialogue on pragmatic solutions to Nigeria’s most critical development challenges. Development Discourse aims to nurture a network that facilitates individual performance and collaboration across Nigeria public sector.

Click on the link below below for photos from previous Development Discourse events.

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DD-4Abuja, Nigeria. January 22, 2015 – Nextier announces the third edition of its developmentdiscourseTM event to be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 by 4:00 pm at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The theme of this event is “Solving the Boko Haram Challenge”.

 

The event is organized by Nextier in partnership with Niger Delta Amnesty Programme (NDAP)

The President, Commander in Chief of the Armed forces of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua GCFR, on June 25, 2009, proclaimed a 60-day unconditional amnesty period for militants in the Niger Delta, as a step towards resolving the protracted insecurity in the region.
The terms of the Amnesty include the willingness and readiness of militants to surrender their arms, unconditionally renounce militancy and sign an undertaking to this effect.
In return, the government pledged its commitment to institute programmes to assist their disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and provision of reintegration assistance to the militants. These are major preconditions to address wider development challenges in the Niger Delta.

 

Development Discourse, a public policy initiative of Nextier, is a platform for reform-minded public sector professionals – at the highest level of policy development and programme implementation – to engage in rigorous dialogue on pragmatic solutions to Nigeria’s most critical development challenges. Development Discourse aims to nurture a network that facilitates individual performance and collaboration across Nigeria public sector.

Click on the link below below for photos from previous Development Discourse events.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nextieradvisory

 


DD-4Abuja, Nigeria. December 08, 2014 – Nextier announces the second edition of its developmentdiscourseTM event to be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 by 4:00 pm at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja. The theme of this event is “The Gods We Thought We Knew” which is based on the new book: “Foreign Gods, Inc.” by Prof. Okey Ndibe.

 

Prof. Okey Ndibe teaches African and African Diaspora literatures at Brown University in the United States. He earned his MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has taught at Connecticut College, Bard College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). Okey is one of the most vibrant political commentators in Nigeria today with a regular column with Sun Newspaper and Sahara Reporters. He lives in West Hartford, CT, with his wife and kids. “Foreign Gods, Inc.”, hailed as “a morality tale for our time by the Guardian of London, was published January 2014.

 

Development Discourse, a public policy initiative of Nextier, is a platform for reform-minded public sector professionals – at the highest level of policy development and programme implementation – to engage in rigorous dialogue on pragmatic solutions to Nigeria’s most critical development challenges. Development Discourse aims to nurture a network that facilitates individual performance and collaboration across Nigeria public sector.

Click on the link below below for photos from previous Development Discourse events.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nextieradvisory

 


DD-4Abuja, Nigeria. October 01, 2014 –Nextier announces the inaugural developmentdiscourseTM to be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 by 4:00 pm at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja.The theme of this event is “Reforming the Nigeria Civil Service: Nuts and Bolts” which is based on the new book: “The Nigeria Civil Service of the Future: A Prospective Analysis” by Dr. Tunji Olaopa (Permanent Secretary – Federal Ministry of Communication).

Development Discourse, a public policy initiative of Nextier, is a platform for reform-minded public sector professionals – at the highest level of policy development and programme implementation – to engage in rigorous dialogue on pragmatic solutions to Nigeria’s most critical development challenges.Development Discourse aims to nurture a network that facilitates individual performance and collaboration across Nigeria public sector.

Target Participants

The ideal participant at the event is in the technical cadre of the Nigeria public service with responsibility for policy development and implementation. The group will comprise chief executive officers of Nigeria’s public sector institutions, their Special and Technical advisers, members of the Think Tank community, academia, and policy consultants.

Expected Outcome

The expected outcome of these interactions is a group of professionals who, armed with pragmatic solutions, can influence policy development and implementation in their various spheres of influence.

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