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Monday, November 09, 2015

Soludo for Realnews Magazine 3rd lecture


Renowned economist and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo has been confirmed to give the third anniversary lecture of Realnews Magazine, slated for Lagos at Oriental Hotel, reports ITRealms.

Confirming this to ITRealms, the publisher, Realnews Magazine and Publications Limited, Maureen Chigbo, said plans have been advanced to ensure the successful third anniversary lecture on Thursday, November 19, 2015. 

She said the choice of Prof. Soludo as the lecturer of this year is aligns with Realnews focus on the current doldrums, just as all the economic indices in the country now ranging from depleting foreign reserve, depreciating value of the naira, the double digit interest rates, high rate of unemployment especially amongst youth to inflation rate which is now on the increase show that there is need for a rethink of the economic direction Nigeria is heading, especially in this new civilian administration that most Nigerians want change.

She explained that immediately after the lecture, a panel of discussants would leverage on it to speak on how the manufacturing sector, the real estate sector and the management of national debt could contribute to dig the Nigerian economy out of its current doldrums amidst the dwindling revenue from the sale of crude oil at the international market. 
The panelists, she said, include Mr. Gimba Ya’u Kumo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Remi Ogunmefun, Director General of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Abraham Nwankwo, Director General, Debt Management Office. 

“Both the lecturer and all of the panelists have confirmed their attendance at the event,” she said.
Chigbo further said that the Special Guest of Honour is Senator Chris Ngige, former Governor of Anambra State and minister designate, while the chairman of the occasion is Alhaji Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Investments Services Limited. 

Chigbo noted that Hayatu-Deen, former managing director of the defunct FSB International Bank is one of the moving spirits behind the Nigerian Economic Summit. 

“They have also confirmed their attendance,” she said.

After the panel and interactive session, there will be an investiture of prominent Nigerians into the prestigious Realnews Hall of Fame, exclusively reserved for only Guest Speakers, Discussants, Book Reviewers and Chairpersons at our Anniversary Lecture Series.

Those to be inducted into the Realnews Hall of Fame are Professor Maurice Iwu, former chairman of INEC, Mr. Roberts Orya, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM), Dr. Ngozi Anyaegbunam, President, Media World, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises and Professor Joe. I. Ezigbo, Managing Director, Falcon Corporation Limited.

“They (inductees) all played key roles during our second anniversary Lecture and the induction into the Realnews Hall of Fame is just a token of our appreciation for the honour they did to Realnews Magazine and Publications Limited last year,” said Maureen Chigbo.

Chigbo equally said that the second volume of the Paragon of Journalism, co-edited by her and the late Mike Akpan, publisher/editor and editor-in-chief of Realnews magazine, respectively, will be presented at the event.  

Realnews, a general interest magazine, is an online publication which thrives on investigative journalism debuted November 19, 2012.


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