Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will be unveiling a book mantra at a Book Roundtable Discourse and Awards by Flannel Business School in Lagos next month.
The Director General of the school, Mr. Lawrence OMIDIORA said this at news conference on the event at GolfView Hotel Ikeja Lagos on Friday.
He said that in a society like Nigeria that is so desirous of quality leaders to drive development, books and reading culture must be taken seriously.
Speaking, the Chairman Governing Council of the school, Dr. Gbenga Olowo said that it became necessary for the school to celebrate books and revamp reading culture to address the fall in the quality of university and Polytechnic graduates that the country churns out nowadays.
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According to him, many of the graduates are not employable and this has contributed to shortage of quality manpower in the public and private workplaces.
To him, the resultant effect of this knowledge gap is lack of productivity of many businesses enterprises and their eventual death.
In view of this, Olowo noted that leaders of thought had been invited to grace the Flannel’s book roundtable discourse to share their experiences and create a new way towards revamping reading culture in the country.http://
Olowo is also the president of the Aviation Safety Roundtable Initiative, ASRTI. He added that Flannel had set new academic and vocational curriculums not only to address the rot in the country’s educational system but to instill fresh knowledge in its students.
Corroborating Olowo, Mr. OMIDIORA said that the school is dedicated to enhancing the skills of students and its associates.
As he put it, “We are set to develop entrepreneurship and deliver relevant developmental rogrammes that seek to promote professionalism, making businesses to conform with global best practices, both in content and delivery.
“In a progressively changing business world, our conviction is getting business models reinvented as a tool for transformation and growth. We seek to develop creative individuals who can interpret their institutions, execute new ideas, develop new products and have good grasp of processes as well as ways of doing business.
It is a future best business institution and as part of its determination to contribute to the culture of Book in our society that people will be encouraged to read, write and publish for obvious knowledge, experience and ideas dissemination for the best of our society now and in the future, it is organising the event for the following significant purposes:”
He explained that the book roundtable and discourse would align leaders associated with books to develop solutions to problems, introduce new strategies and fuel collaborations even beyond in all matters related to books and the business of books.
To encourage the leading lights to do more and motivate upcoming leaders for recognition of books as agent of change.
With the theme, “Book as agent of change in a rapidly changing world”, Omidiora noted that the event would offer recognition and awards to the leading lights associated with books. “This will allow us to set notable stakeholders apart based on the quality of their contributions and achievements for themselves and the concept of books in general.
This will also make the award recipients feel that their contributions to the world of books are noticed at all time. ”
With the sub-themes; (1) A new business model for the book business
(2) Between digital books and the reader: interrogating the viability in a developing nation, Omidiora disclosed that Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, former President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces would chair the occasion.
“The Guest Speaker is Professor Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School. The Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Dr. John Asein will also be among the panel of discussants.
The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife shall be the Royal Father of the Day.
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Modality of discourse shall be by assembling panel of discussants with a professional moderator in person of Mr. Gbenro Adegbola, a seasoned book professional interrogating one after the other. The discussants include:
Hon. Dr. Wale Okediran, Secretary General of Pan-African Writers Association to represent the Authors
Dr. John Asein of the Nigeria Copyright commission. Mr. Asawo Ibifuro of Cinfores Limited in Port Harcourt and leading IT professional. Mr. Kolade Mosuro of The Bookseller in Ibadan, an accomplished Book seller. We have participants drawn from various education related organisations which include UNESCO, National Library, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Ancops, Association of Vice-Chancellors, Research institutes etc.