By Goodluck Ikiebe
As the Nation prepares for the inauguration of the 7th democratically elected President on May 29th, 2023, all is now set for the First Senator E A. Lamai Lecture in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The event being powered by the Senator Lamai Foundation is scheduled to hold on Friday, 26th May, 2023, in memory of the 14th anniversary of the late icon Senator Ekpemoriri Akhagbemhe Lamai transition at Shehu Musa Yardua Center, Abuja.
The Executive Director of the Lamai Foundation and Son of the icon, Chief Richard Lamai, said the theme of the lecture is particularly apt; Xraying the role of the Senate in Nation Building from the 1st Republic to the present day 4th Republic.
“It is noteworthy that the incoming President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was a 3rd Republic Senator and given the clear importance of legislation in engendering development in all facets of society, the importance of this lecture can’t be overemphasized”, he noted.
While the participation of a former British prime Minister and President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu is yet to be confirmed, the array of Notable Nigerians with daunting credentials in jurisprudence, legislation, Governance, and Business, who have been invited to speak is a clear indication of the powerful agenda this lecture will set for the incoming administration.
“Notable legal luminary, Professor Mike Ozekhome; former chairman, Nigeria Law Reform and Ex-governor of Edo State, Prof. Osaremhien Osunbor; Prof Jika Jidereri of the Department of Political science, BUK; former Governor of Edo State and Senator-elect, Adams Oshiomhole; former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha; Billionaire oil Mogul and Philanthropist, TS Jack Rich Tien; the first Edo North Senator in the 4th Republic, Geologist Kassim Oyofo, tops a very impressive list of Nigerians expected at the event”, Chief Lamai assured.
He explained that there is no better time to remind Nigerians of the contributions and efforts of our heroes past which benefit we are enjoying now.
Chief Richard Lamai said, “Democracy has come to stay and the legislative arm being the only significant difference in the annals of all governments in Nigeria, its role symbolized by the Senate has to be evaluated and proffered suggestions for a more egalitarian Nation. This will be done by eminent practitioners and scholars amidst present and past legislators, the executive arm, academia, and private sector leaders”.