By Azuka Okwosa (Media/Society Reporter)
Nigeria's Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, will deliver this year's Eighth Anniversary Lecture of Realnews Magazine.
The lecture which will hold on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, by 10 am prompt is Themed: Managing The Covid-19 Global Pandemic In Africa: The Nigerian Experience.
A statement on Friday by the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Realnews magazine Online, Maureen Chigbo, said: the choice of the 2020 topic is borne out of the "devastating effect of the coronavirus global pandemic on every sector – health, business and economy, oil and gas and socio-politics worldwide and the spirited effort of the government to curtail the spread of the disease in the county.”
She stated that.against all predictions that Africa will see millions of dead people in the streets as a result of COVID-19, this has not happened. The lecture, Chigbo said, is expected to reveal what African governments and Nigeria in particular, did to avoid deaths on a massive scale as predicted.
“The fact remains that at present many Nigerians are still very skeptical about the management of the COVID-19 and its dire consequences in the country if not properly handled. Mustapha will be able to leverage on the lecture to tell the story of managing the pandemic as the chairman of the PTF directly to a vast audience from different works of life, thereby bringing government directly to the people and letting them in on the effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to transform the health sector of the country and improve the wellbeing of Nigerians.
“Also, the lecture presents an opportunity for different health experts to share their experiences on health sector development with a mix of the growing audience following Realnews magazine services on various media platforms. The Lecture is expected to have massive positive impact on the society.”
Chigbo explained that like in previous occasions, "the lecture will also feature a stimulating Panel Discussion by health and economic experts with guaranteed audience participation.
Boss Mustapha who is chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, was born in the North Eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa state. He attended primary school in Hong, Adamawa State, and proceeded to North East College of Arts and Sciences in Maiduguri, Borno State, for his high school education and graduated in 1976.
In 1979, he bagged a Bachelor of Law Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, for his mandatory one-year law school and graduated in 1980 before doing the mandatory national youth service between 1980 and 1981.
The 63 year-old Mustapha was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the SGF on October 20, 2017, following the removal from office of the previous occupier of the position, Mr Babachair Lawal. As head of the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force, Mustapha is involved in the policy directives used in managing the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
However, magazine's previous anniversary lecturers have been delivered by some eminent Nigerians and Africans. They include President John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana (2019); Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria INEC, (2018); Dr. (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and Vice President, World Bank (2017).
Others are Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head, United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (2016); Professor Chukwuma Soludo, former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, (2015), and Professor Maurice Iwu, former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). NNL.