As part of activities marking its 10th anniversary celebration, National Point newspaper is organising an annual public lecture and public presentation of books.
A statement signed by the Executive Director of the Port-Harcourt based weekly newspaper, Ms Ibiba Don Pedro, noted that the Lecture, with the theme: “Niger-Delta Next Decade: Away with Oil, a way from oil”, will examine burning issues facing the oil-rich but beleaguered region. These include youth restiveness, a future without oil, environmental degradation, gas flaring which lead to diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular ailments besides the devastating effects on livelihoods, businesses, social life among others.
“We believe strongly that there’s a need to continuously bring these issues to the Public sphere so they can be tackled with the urgency they deserve. In a few decades, oil will become irrelevant as a commodity so what happens to the Niger Delta’s environment then that has been despoiled by over six decades of oil exploitation and exploration activities? The region will require billions of dollars for its clean-up. Where’s this money going to come from? These are some of the issues we need to address urgently,” she stated.
According to ths statement, besides the anniversary event/awards/ First Annual Lecture holding in Port Harcourt on 23rd November, 2017, there’s also a public presentation of books/discussion in Lagos on October 26, 2017, at the Lagos Country Club, GRA, Ikeja and the launch of the Niger Delta Women International Resource & Development (NDWIRED) Centre project scheduled for unveiling at the award ceremony.
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