By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt
Immediate-past Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, will be the lead discussant at the annual October 1 Discussion organised by a good governance advocacy group, Unity House Foundation (UHF) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Also expected as panelists at the event, scheduled to hold via YouTube and Facebook, on Thursday, October 1, 2020, are human right activist, Deji Adeyanju; legal practitioner, Golden Tamuno and prominent politician, Dr. Godstime Orlukwu.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt yesterday, UHF Convener, Kingsley Wenenda Wali, said the event, with the theme; ‘Where are the people’, would provide opportunity and platform for the masses to speak with and to ourselves, rather than screaming at each other.
Wali said: “The Unity House Foundation as the name suggests, is a congregation of Nigerians, who truly believe that a country was foundation is built on knowledge and sincere conversations, is sure to make more progress, than whose foundation is built on fear, lies, deceit and the tales that divide us.
“Arising from that, we decided that we must grow an organization that addresses our fears, as well as our hopes and common aspirations. And because we believe that knowledge is key, we decided that we must provide opportunities and platforms for civilized conversations.
“We are convinced that if we speak with and to ourselves, rather than screaming at each other, then we shall begin the journey of understand ourselves better and appreciating those things that actually unite us.”
He stated that the theme of the event was chosen based on the fact the conversation at the programme, would Centre on the just concluded governorship election in Edo State and the forthcoming election in Ondo State.
The UHF Convener said: “On this years theme- “Where are the people?, we decided that the conversations around the Edo and Ondo elections, are a reminder that we must begin to seriously talk about the people and the protection/security of our democracy.
“If we say that democracy is about the people, then we must all agree to return the democratic process to the people and not just a few people acting in extra constitutional ways. You can say this is our own way of calling out the people.
“Let’s say, we using our independence anniversary celebrations to remind us that we can’t replace independence from European colonists with local demagogues and neo-colonialists dressed in deceptive political attires.”