USAID holds discourse on policy reforms advocacy, good governance

Abuja  – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to host a discourse on how to undertake effective policy reforms advocacy for good governance.

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A statement by Ms Jennifer Onyejekwe, Public Awareness and Communications Adviser of USAID, said the discourse is under the USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement Project tagged “2.0 Mindset Series”.

Onyejekwe, in the statement, said the programme has as its theme: “Effective Advocacy, Strategies and Tactics: What makes the difference?”

“The 2.0 Mindset Series is a sequence of discourses to share the skills and experience of successful practitioners and change agents.

“It aims to strengthen the capacity of the Project partners, their collaborators, and the wider public on ‘what works’ in advocacy efforts,” she said.

Onyejekwe said the discourse would bring together over 100 civil society actors; including non-governmental organisations, media stakeholders, private sector and public institutions to discuss what effective advocacy strategies looked like.

“The 2.0 Mindset series will provide a platform where experience from different governance experts can be shared.

“It will also identify and discuss the challenges of advocating for policy reforms as well as discuss ways in which the challenges have been and can be addressed,” he said.

She said the discourse would host distinguished speakers including Ayo Obe, a seasoned legal practitioner and activist, Gbenga Sesan of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and Ngozi Iwere of Community Life Project.

According to her, other speakers are Segun Olulade, Chairman, Lagos State House Committee on Health Services, and Adunni Akindele, Executive Secretary, Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area, Alimosho, Lagos.

She quoted Charles Abani, the Chief of Party of the Project as expressing excitement at the level of interest received from speakers and attendees to the event.

“The speakers at the 2.0 Mindset Series are experienced advocates in their field.

“Therefore, it is important that all these voices are heard as we work toward our common goal of improving governance in Nigeria.”
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According to him, the discourse will hold on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Best Western Hotel, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, and Feb. 16, 2016, by 6 p.m. (NAN)

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