The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi is expected to speak at the maiden edition of Nigeria’s first-ever Governors’ Lecture and Book Release; an annual agenda-setting platform for communication in governance, set to hold on August 23, 2019 at the Centre of Excellence, Media and Technology, Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos.
According to Dr. Oscar Odiboh, Spokesperson of Governors’ Lecture Series and Senior Lecturer of Mass Communication at Covenant University, the annual event is designed by Nigerian communication scholars and practitioners to set new communication agenda in governance and aims at stimulating critical philosophical thinking and strategic application of communication practices to assist in sustaining excellence in governance in the country.
At each lecture, a serving State Governor would speak to a gathering of communication specialists, teachers, students, industry partners, government officials and the general public on issues relating to communication challenges in governance, image management, practical application of communication, strategic and tactical information deployment, crisis communication and tension management.
The university don explained that by virtue of his experience in communications and position as Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is ideally fit to deliver the maiden lecture titled “Excellence in Governance: Exploring a Synergy Between Think-Tanks and Communicators”.
The Governor would examine the connection between critical philosophical thinking and communication; and show the roles of professionals, strategic information managers, individually and collectively in moving governments towards achieving excellence. At the end of his lecture, Dr. Fayemi would set new communication agendas for connecting the government to the people.
The book to be released at the lecture is titled “Introduction to Philosophy of Mass Communication for Higher Institutions” edited by Dr. Oscar Odiboh, Professor Abiodun Salawu, North West University, South Africa; and Mr. Chris Doghudje, former Chairman, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). The publication is a collaborative, interdisciplinary work in three parts of eleven chapters designed for students of mass communication and philosophy in Nigeria’s higher institutions.
Expected at the inaugural lecture and book release are university Vice Chancellors, eminent Professors, Royal Fathers and Mothers; industrialists, Chief Executive Officers of corporations and institutions, Communication Advisers to Governors, Media and Communication enthusiasts, Deans of Schools of Communication and Humanities, Heads of Departments of Mass Communication and Philosophy, communication professionals, scholars and students from higher institutions across the country.