The Chairman, Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Buba Marwa(rtd) is scheduled to deliver a lecture at the 10th anniversary of Realnews, to hold at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, on Thursday, November 17, 2022.
Penpushing reports that, Management of Realnews Magazine and Publications Limited, publishers of Realnews Magazine Online, made this known in a statement, adding that the theme of the lecture is “Drug Abuse among Youths in Africa: Implication for Nigerian Economy and 2023 Elections”
The Publisher/Editor of the online newspapers, Maureen Chigbo said Marwa’s acceptance to deliver the lecture was communicated to the management in a letter dated May 31, 2022, and signed by Lieutenant Colonel M.I. Aminu, military assistant to the chairman.
Penpushing further reports that, the statement said Marwa, former Governor of Lagos State, and a renowned national and international security expert, is a force to reckon with in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
‘The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) under Marwa’s leadership has waged an exemplary war against illicit drugs in the country with demonstrable strategy and effectiveness in tackling transnational drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs among Nigerians, especially the youths’, the statement added
‘He has made strides in transforming the NDLEA, including the arrest and prosecution of high-profile cases. Under his leadership, the NDLEA has shown that there are no “sacred cows” in the fight against criminality’, the establishment stated.
Penpushing also reports that, the management added that, the lecture will be chaired by Mrs. Elizabeth Ngozi Ebi, Group Managing Director of Futureview Financial Services Limited, who will also moderate the panel session.
‘Realnews, a general interest magazine, is an online publication that thrives on investigative journalism. We have expertise in reporting the oil and gas sector with its attendant environmental challenges’, the statement reads
‘We aim to unearth exclusive stories about real people and the challenges they are facing in their day-to-day activities. We do this bearing in mind that government can only act to influence the lives of people positively if they are aware of their true situation’.
‘Hence, our objective is to use our investigative skills to ferret out information in the sectors we focus on and produce an unbiased report which will actually influence the government and decision-makers to take actions that will make society better’.
‘Realnews is populated by seasoned journalists who believe strongly in the tenets and ethics of the profession. The online publication believes that journalism as the fourth Estate of the Realm can contribute its quota towards building a fair and just society where fundamental human rights are respected and citizens have the freedom to pursue their interests anywhere in the world without hindrance’.
‘Its editors have a combined experience of several decades in active journalism practice and are highly dedicated to serving humanity. Hence its motto: “For God and Humanity. Realnews Anniversary Lecture Series was established to commemorate the best minds in our society and to tap from them to enrich the discourse in our national development’, Chigbo emphasised.
‘The 9th Anniversary Lecture of Realnews in 2021 was delivered by Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board on “Nigeria in the Unfolding Integration of the African Market: The Oil and Gas Perspective”;
‘2020 Eighth Anniversary Lecture of Realnews was delivered by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 on Managing COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: The Nigeria Experience;
‘Former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana gave the 2019 Lecture on Beyond Politics: An Economic Narrative for West Africa while Prof. Mahmood Yakubu spoke on Political Transitions and Africa’s Economic Development: Preparations for Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections at the 2018 Lecture’.
‘The 2017 Fifth Anniversary Lecture on African Leadership in a Turbulent Era was delivered by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and former World Bank Vice President. The 2016 Fourth Anniversary Lecture on Security and National Development in Plural Democratic Society was delivered by Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, former United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative to West Africa and Sahel’.
‘The 2015 Realnews Third Anniversary Lecture was delivered by Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on November 19, 2015, under the theme: It’s The Nigerian Economy, Stupid? The Second Realnews Anniversary Lecture on Nigerian Democracy: Getting it Right in 2014 was delivered by Professor Maurice Iwu, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’.
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