Enlists key legal authorities in public law to discuss and ideate on salient issues around the Nigerian constitution
August 2021: Pursuant to its vision of championing positive social changes through sustained advocacy that promotes transparent, effective management and governance of the Nigerian and African sociopolitical economies, the African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage) partner’s the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Ikeja for the August 2021 Big Ideas Podium (BIP).
The event is scheduled for August 12, 2021, at 10:00 am. Mixed and structured for both in-person and virtual participation, the event is themed: “Reworking the Nigerian Constitution for National Transformation and Integration”.
As a national platform designed for public policy debates on emerging and developmental issues that inform policy reforms and good governance, the AfriHeritage Big Ideas Podium (BIP) seeks to drive the push towards a renascent Africa that is peaceful, democratic, prosperous, and a major player in the global economy. Working in partnership with the NBA, we are keen to influence public policies to catalyze transformative change and the African economic renaissance.
The August 12, 2021 edition of the Big Ideas Podium will have notable industry captains, experts in public and constitutional law, and policymakers to reflect critically and identify useful ideas on how we can rework our national constitution for national transformation and integration.
The Keynote Address will be delivered by Bartholomew Aguegbodo, Esq — Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja (and Principal Head, Bartholomew Aguegbodo & Co).
The discussants for the event are:
- Adeyemi Abijo, Esq — co-founder, LegalHub Partnership;
- Marvin Ibem, Esq, founding partner of Marvin Ibem & Co; and
- Justice Chineme Uhuegbu, Esq — Principal Head, Uhuegbu Chineme & Co (Justice Chambers) — and
- National President, Association for Good Governance Nigeria.
Commenting on the choice of theme and partnership, Professor Ufo Okeke-Uzodike (Executive Director, African Heritage Institution) noted:
“As the supreme law of a country, a national constitution sets out the rights of individuals, captures key national goals, and embodies the public will; it provides ground rules for citizenship and coexistence, and the responsibility of government to the governed.
In essence, a government owes its legitimacy to the national constitution within which its authority must be completely subsumed. Sadly, the current Nigerian constitution does not command the loyalty it should from its governments and peoples.
Saddled with social and political unrests and growing levels of criminality and poverty, Nigeria remains on the brink of becoming ungovernable or a failed state as some individuals and socio-cultural groups turn to violence or claims of separatist rights.
Given the current context of massive levels of poverty, criminality, insecurity, and exclusionary politics (and the associated incessant unrest), AfriHeritage — in collaboration with legal authorities and intellectuals with competencies in constitutional law – seeks a more focused and goals-driven national discourse on constitutional reform.
We hope that such a focus will enable us to identify crucial benchmarks for achieving meaningful and sustainable peace, national integration, and socio-economic transformation and development”.
All stakeholders and Nigerians are expected to click the link https://bit.ly/2V6Mq3Z to register
African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan and independent policy think tank incorporated by guarantee in Nigeria in December 2000 as African Institute for Applied Economics. The need to expand its scope and area of coverage led to a name change in 2013.
The Institution is devoted to governance and socio-economic policy researches and facilitates policy advocacy, training and networking. It also provides consultancy services to governments, local and international development organizations and the organized private sector.