For the past 25 years, the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and its Executive Director, Rev. David Ugolor, have worked assiduously within Nigeria and the international civic space carrying out social development activities which include poverty eradication, environmental protection, fiscal transparency, extractive transparency, debt and structural adjustments, anti-corruption and citizens’ engagement among others.
Over the years, ANEEJ has cooperated and collaborated with the government along with other civil society organisations both at National and sub-national levels through active involvement in the Open Government Partnership, the National Social Investment Programme and ANEEJ’s flagship project, MANTRA (Monitoring of Recovered Assets in Nigeria through Transparency and Accountability).
It is in recognition of the outstanding performance of ANEEJ and its Executive Director that the Board of Directors, Staff and Management of the organisation have decided to mark this occasion with a public lecture with the topic, “Africa and the Challenge of Poverty”.
The timeliness of this public lecture is accentuated by the consensus of both government and public opinions on the need to solve a major challenge that has been bedevilling the African continent for decades.