A 2day conference on New Media, Citizens and Governance organised by Enough Is Enough Nigeria, BudgIT and Paradigm Initiative will begin today October 24-25 in Abuja, at the NAF Conference Centre.
The conference holding four months from Nigeria’s 2019 Elections, is expected to provide a vibrant platform to dissect issues likely to impact on the elections and citizens’ engagement on the digital space.
There would be sessions or panels on “Government, Civic Spaces and the Role of New Media” and special focus would be on the elections itself and preparation for it. Conversation would not however be limited to elections or Nigeria.
A press statement from Paradigm Initiative’s Human Resource Officer, Sodiq Alabi said the forum will take a look at other issues including but not limited to the war on the new media, accountability of public officials, understanding the constitution, and using media as a sex education tool. Focus will also be extended to other African countries as we bring in speakers from these countries in a bid to have a more inclusive and pan-African conversation.
Over 200 delegate and 40 speakers from 8 African countries.
Expected speakers at the conference include Alh Lai Mohammed, the Hon. Minister for Information and Culture, Dr Chidi Odinkalu, former Board Chair of National Human Rights Council, ‘Gbenga Sesan, the executive director of Paradigm Initiative, Mike Asukwo, Cartoonist with Businessday, and Akua Gyeke, Facebook’s Policy Manager for Africa.
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