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Toyin Falola to deliver The Oba (Dr) Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair Second Distinguished Governance Lecture on July 8, 2019

The second Distinguished Governance Lecture of the Oba (Dr) Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair will be delivered on the 8th of July, 2019 by Professor Toyin Falola, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at University of Texas, Austin.

Falola, a globally acclaimed author, writer academic leader and pan Africanist will address the subject, Governance, Citizenship and the Nigerian State. Slated to hold at 11:00 a. m. at the OGD Hall of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, the Distinguished Lecture is expected to attract a wide circle of scholars, policy makers, civil society activists, university administrators and members of the Board of Trustees of the Professorial Chair. It will be chaired by the eminent lawyer, Barrister Olatunji Ayanlaja (SAN), who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Professorial Chair.

The Distinguished Lecture Series was inaugurated two years ago to complement the annual Professorial Chair Lecture statutorily delivered by the current occupant of the Chair, Professor Ayo Olukotun, on the 10th of May, the birth date of the donor, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebu land.

The Distinguished Governance Lecture usually delivered by a top flight scholar with international reputation was flagged off in 2017 by Professor Oyebanji Oyekinka, a former Regional Adviser for Africa for United Nations-Habitat.

This year’s lecture, the second in the Series, will elucidate the interrelationship between citizenship, its current status in the Nigerian polity and governance as well as the state. It will do this by making clear the lineages and genealogies of the idea and practice of governance while situating the conceptual flourish within the current travails of the state.  In addition, it will address itself to the much discussed issue of public sector corruption, going beyond superficial approaches to keenly analyse within a global context the subsisting status of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agenda.

That apart, the Lecture is billed to offer policy recommendations targeted at lifting Nigeria out of the current pervasive poverty, material and intellectual, to which it has been sentenced by weak governance and well leadership deficits.

The general public is hereby invited.

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