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A group of Nigerian professionals, January 9 Collective (J9C) formed as a result of the January 2012 fuel subsidy protests has instituted an annual lecture series to stimulate healthy discourse on the country’s socio-political developments.
Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Wole Olagundoye, said the inaugural lecture with its theme as “Elite, Leadership and National Transformation” is scheduled to hold January 9 with leading politicians, professionals and opinion leaders as panelists for the event.
He said Mr. Jimi Agbaje, who made a mark during the 2007 Lagos governorship elections would deliver the keynote address at the first edition of the lecture.
According to him, J9C aims to build a body of Nigerian Professionals who are passionate about Nigeria and have a clear cut direction through constructive engagements on burning national issues, pursuing transparency, probity and accountability at all levels, promoting governance across all strata of governance and ensuring best practices and excellence in their various professions.
He explained that January 9 was an important date for Nigeria and a lot of Nigerians as it was the day a huge majority of Nigerians “came out and spoke with one voice against fuel subsidy removal.
“It would be recalled that the main focal point for the fuel subsidy strive was the rallies at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, at Ojota in Lagos. It was a place where thousands gathered in support of a cause they believed in and they did so passionately irrespective of gender and class.
“A significant fall out of that important date was the coming together of some like-minded individuals, who met at the park and decided to crystallise their passion, vision and aspirations for Nigeria unto a veritable platform from where concrete and strategic steps can be taken in their pursuit of an ideal Nigeria of their dreams. A dream that can certainly be actualised.”
January 9 Collective (J9C) is a non-partisan collection of professionals from different spheres of life, who staunchly believe in the project called Nigeria and believe that her best days are yet in front of her. The January 9 Collective, with its amalgam of budding professionals, seek for a better Nigeria where our resources are judiciously utilized for the benefit of all facets of society.