A round table on youth participation in the war on corruption holds at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, NIJ, Ogba, Lagos on Wednesday November 1. The round table titled “Best Strategies In Engaging The Youth In Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption War”, is organized by Sustainable Development and Transparency Foundation, SDTF, an anti-corruption and non-profit organisation.
The lead paper will be delivered by Dr. Tunji Abayomi, a human rights activist and respected lawyer. Abayomi dared the military not just in the the crowd of human rights and pro-democracy activists, but as counsel to Olusegun Obasanjo, then standing trial for the phantom coup of 1995. For the latter he was detained, without trial for eleven months.
But Abayomi will not be the only iconoclast at the Wednesday event. Mr. Dare Babarinsa, one of the founding editors of TELL Communications , publishers of TELL Magazine, Nigeria’s news magazine will also be one of the discussants. Babarinsa, a columnist is the chief executive of Gaskiya Media. He will be joined by Professor Chioma Agomo, former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos; Dr. Jide Johnson, Deputy Provost, Nigerian Institute of Journalism; Mrs. Funke Egbemode, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors and Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, The New Telegraph Newspaper; as well as Mr. Steve Nwosu, Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Sun Newspaper.
Shola Oshunkeye, SDTF’s Executive Director, said the youth were targeted “because they represent a significant portion of the population and are generally more receptive to social change and political transformation”.