Professor Wole Soyinka is set to speak on electricity at an annual lecture marking his 83rd Birthday. The lecture which is themed: “Light Up, Light In: Interrogating the nexus between electricity and basic education in Nigeria.” In attendance will be various stakeholders in the power sector including the NERC Chairman Anthony Ackah.
The event seeks to contribute to strategic thinking and provide a veritable opportunity to raise critical questions and national debate on issues surrounding basic education (Sustainable Development Goal 4) and electric power availability and affordability (Sustainable Development Goal 7) in the country; ranging from the importance of the sectors to development, to the relationship between them, to issues of standard, to the challenges with politics, to the depth of media reportage of the issues, among others.
Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, will be lending his voice to comment on the dealings of stakeholders in the power sector as well as air his opinions on some of the recent issues arising in the sector.
Admittance to the lecture event, which will be moderated by Alkasim Abdulkadir, a journalist and the Director of Victims Support Fund, is open to the media, industry experts, private sector leaders, government ministries and agencies, pressure groups, policy makers, students, members of the diplomatic corps and other stakeholders in the civil society.
The program is scheduled for July 13, 2017 at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja by 10am.