Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Rights Activist and former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, will deliver the Keynote speech in this month’s Ikengaonline town-hall meeting.
Professor Odinkalu will be speaking on the topic, “The South-East Insecurity Nexus: A Holistic View.”
According to a press release by the Editor-in-Chief of the online newspaper, Uche Ugboajah, the two-hour virtual meeting scheduled for 7:00 pm West African Time (WAT), will be co-anchored by Dr Osmund Agbo; and Dr Chido Onumah.
Participants according to the release are to register ahead of the show via the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscOCvpjwuHdQZunnXj4Bxf1OSth21rqca
The release also indicated that upon registration, the link, the ID as well as the passcode for meeting will be automatically sent to the registrant’s email address.
Professor Odinkalu is expected to bring a 360 degrees insight on the topic of insecurity in the South-East as the chair of the Anambra Truth, Justice, and Peace Committee set up by Governor Chukwuma Soludo.
He currently teaches law at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in the United States of America.
The release further said the meeting will be transmitted live via Omalicha 91.1 FM Owerri; Ikengaonline Facebook; YouTube and other social media platforms.
Ikengaonline monthly town-hall meetings are meant to discuss topical issues affecting the South-East zone of Nigeria in particular, and the Nigeria state in general.
Professor of Entrepreneural Studies and Founder of Gregory University Uturu, GUU, Professor Greg Ibe, featured in the June edition where he handled entrepreneurship challenges in the South-East.
Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, was the guest on the April edition wherein he handled: “Improving Regional Economy in the Homeland.”
World famous Economist and Nigeria’s two-time Minister for Finance, Kalu Idika Kalu, featured in the March edition and did justice to the topic: “Nigeria’s incoming Government: Prospects & Challenges.”
Former Education Minister, and the current Chairman, Board of Women Political Leaders (WPL), Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, was the guest speaker of the February edition. She spoke on “Women in Politics, East of the Niger.”
Other eminent Igbo personalities have featured on the monthly event since its debut in 2022.
The maiden edition of Ikengaonline town-hall featured the immediate-past Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, in July 2022; while the second edition featured a renowned Political Economist, Professor Pat Okedinachi Utomi, in August.
Former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; US-based academic, Professor Okey Ndibe; West African Regional Director, Ford Foundation, Dr Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye; as well as multi-award-winning actress and Director of Communications, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Monalisa Chinda Coker, had all featured at different editions of the explosive 90 minutes show.
Ikengaonline is a South-East-focused online media outfit which aims at giving voice to citizens of the South-East, parts of Rivers and Delta states, and highlights the challenges facing the region.
Ikengaonline is a publication of Ikenga Media and Cultural Awareness Initiative (IMCAI), a non-profit entity that seeks to promote positive socio-cultural values, accountability and good governance through media and public education.
It is part of the Collaborative Media Engagement for Development Inclusivity and Accountability Project, a multi-level intervention for media independence and government accountability, managed by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and supported by MacArthur Foundation.