If there is any urgent transformation Nigerians want to see to salvage the country from its present predicament after the last general election, it is in its economic and political development of the country. With many hopes that have been raised that things will be better when President Mohammadu Buhari becomes the president of the nation, many Nigerians are finding second solutions to ease the country of the economic recession.
Finding lasting solutions to the economic recession is what cannot be done with just a single effort, but a collective responsibility that must on deck to tackle the challenges.
Annually, Covenant Christian Centre, a faith based organization in its own effort has been creating sustainable solutions to the social, political and economic through an event set on driving public policy in Nigeria on Independence Day.
According to the visionary, “this edition of the Platform is designed to create solutions to our national challenges and to encourage citizen participation in fashioning out the best approach our nation needs in order to be counted as an emergent nation of the global stage.”
Oyemade said that the usual question many people have asked him was why they organised the annual program “The Platform”
According to him, “a good number of people thought that there was an underlying political motive. Let me state categorically; there wasn’t then and there isn’t any now”
He pointed out that The Platform is not a believer’s meeting neither is it primarily an evangelistic tool to get people born-again though it may serve that purpose in some unconventional ways that results in the individual being reborn.
“The Platform simply has the prophetic function of preservation”
“At this Platform on the 1st of October, we intend to speak words into the heart of this nation that will serve as the sprinkling of salt into the spiritual atmosphere to create peace, order and progress so that the higher ideals of life can be attained”, he said.
The speakers that have been lined up to speak at this year’s program are Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto will be speaking on Nigeria’s Gangrene: Amputation or Surgery? Thoughts on Healing a traumatized Nation; Bolanle Austen-Peters, Founder, Terra Kulture and Media Producer speaking on Creativity, Innovation and Development; Dr Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) will be speaking on The Macro Economic Challenges and Constitutional Constraints Impeding Nigeria’s Economic Development.
Others are Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre speaking on Unleashing the Potentials for Wealth Creation; Prof. Rev. Osaghae Eghosa Professor of Comparative Politics and The Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Okada; former governor of Anabra State, Dr. Peter Obi and Olusegun Adeniyi, Chairman, Editorial Board of THISDAY newspapers and author of Power, Politics and Death: A front-row account of Nigeria under President Yar’Adua will be speaking on Between luggage economy and knowledge economy – The way to go.
By: Seye Joesph