20th December, 2011
The Newspaper Proprietorsâ€™ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), will on Thursday, December 22, 2011, host a Town Hall Meeting with the sole objective of promoting understanding of the desirability or otherwise, of petroleum subsidy removal. It is the second in the series of Town Hall Meetings.
The NPAN is expected to bring to the table and the public domain, the proponents of the subsidy removal, members of the opposing public, including the civil society groups, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the general public, among others.
The Association is spearheading the debate as part of its social and constitutional responsibilities of holding the government accountable to the people at all times, promoting better understanding of public policies and getting people adequately educated in order to make an informed decision.
The Town Hall Meeting which will be broadcast live on national television, and slated for the Muson Centre in Lagos, will feature as discussants, human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, constitutional lawyer, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN and the Nigeria Labour Congress Vice President, Mr. Isa Aremu.
Other discussants will include the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Governor of Central Bank, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke.
The panel from the media is currently being put together.
Also invited are members of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, the Nigerian Union of Journalists, and civil society groups, members of government, public and private sectors at all levels and the academia.
The Town Hall Meeting is coming exactly five months after the maiden edition organised by the association on the Freedom of Information law.