Posted Fri, Oct 14, 2022 12:33 PM
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), in collaboration with the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG), with support from the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and other partners, is facilitating a Presidential Debate on Economic Policy that will serve as a launch pad to discussions on the roadmap towards an inclusive and prosperous Nigeria.
Nigeria is at a decisive point in its history and as we countdown to the 2023 polls, it is critical, like never before, to nudge Nigerians towards making informed voting choices. The challenge before us, therefore, is to ensure the evolution of transformational leaders with a broad knowledge of the issues and the political will to steer the ship of our great nation towards shared economic prosperity. The partnership is strategic and will kick off the process of making this Nigerian dream happen.
The Debate, scheduled to hold on November 15, 2022, is part of the NESG’s #IfNotNowWhen? Initiative. #IfNotNowWhen is geared towards sensitising stakeholders and citizens of Nigeria on peaceful, informed and accountable democratic participation. The NEDG is poised to facilitate this effort, being a coalition of broadcast organisations, civil society and professional groups tasked with organising and hosting live televised debates for presidential, vice presidential and gubernatorial candidates since 1999.
The NEDG coalition includes BON, The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), Budgit and Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), all committed to the deepening of democracy in Nigeria.
The Presidential Debate on Economic Policy seeks to curate content that focuses on the state of the economy and addresses the concerns of the citizens that will empower them to choose from among the presidential candidates and other leadership positions scheduled for the February national polls.
This debate is also unique because of a formidable partnership across the media, civil society and academia. More information is available at https://ifnotnowwhen.ng/
Asue Ighodalo, Chairman, NESG
John Ugbe, Chairman, NEDG / BON