The Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) has unveiled a stellar lineup of key discussants for its highly anticipated 4th Annual Lecture; titled, “Fiscal Policy and Taxation: Balancing Revenue Generation and Economic Growth”.
The event which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Golden Tulip Hotels, Asaba, promises to be a convergence of notable personalities from diverse fields, each contributing unique perspectives to this year’s discourse.
The Forum disclosed this in a press statement jointly signed by DOPF Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli, and Secretary, Mr. Shedrack Onitsha, on Monday, November 13, 2023, in Asaba, capital of Delta State.
The panel of discussants which is populated by experts from the Taxation finicial sector will be headed by His Royal Majesty, Obi Henry Afamafuna Kikachukwu, Ph.D., the revered Obi of Ubulu-Unor and the first vice chairman of the Delta Traditional Rulers Council.
As a retired Director of the Nigerian Population Commission and a traditional ruler, Obi Kikachukwu is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the intricate intersection of fiscal policy and taxation.
Obi Kikachukwu, in accepting to be in the panel commended DOPF’s commitment to addressing critical national issues, lauding the Forum’s annual choice of topic aimed at providing solutions, contributing to good governance, and fostering a democratic culture.
Expressing optimism about the potential impact of research-backed contributions from groups like the Delta Online Publishers Forum, His Royal Majesty suggested that recognizing and incorporating these insights could substantially address the myriad of challenges currently facing the nation.
To join him on the panel is Hon. Bridget Anyafulu, an honourable member, Delta State House of Assembly representing Oshimili South State Constituency. Recognized for her advocacy for good governance and taxation for social and economic development, Hon. Anyafulu is expected to provide valuable insights that will elevate the discourse to new heights.
The financial sector will be well-represented by Dr. Godwin Okafor, the Branch Controller of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Asaba. With a robust background as a financial expert and years of service at the apex bank, Dr. Okafor’s contribution is anticipated to shed light on the intricate relationship between fiscal policy and taxation, particularly in the context of revenue generation and economic growth.
Dr. Frank Nwugo, the Director of Operations at the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, brings his expertise in economic policy and legal context of tax operations to the discussion, adding another layer of depth to the panel.
The panel will be expertly anchored by Mr. Overajo Benjamin, a seasoned media practitioner and consultant with a versatile background in broadcast journalism, print, and advertising.
Adding to the prestige of the event is the presence of renowned financial expert and philanthropist, Dr. Doris Amaka Ochei, who will serve as the Guest Speaker. Dr. Ochei, the Founder and CEO of Doris Amaka Ochei Foundation, boasts an impressive academic background with degrees in Accounting and Public Policy, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Forensic Accounting.
Her extensive experience as a Fellow in Accounting and a chartered Taxation practitioner positions her as a beacon of knowledge for the lecture series.
The Chairman for the occasion is Dr. (Chief) Samuel J. Eshenake (JP). He is the Secretary of the Uvwie Council of Chiefs and a prominent figure in Delta State. He serves currently as Chief Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the College of Education, Warri, including holding the distinguished position of Director of Programmes at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in affiliation with the College of Education, Warri, Dr. Eshenake’s influence and expertise in the Niger Delta region makes him an ideal choice for this prestigious role.
The 2023 DOPF 4th Lecture Series is set to be an engaging and informative event, with a stellar lineup of speakers and discussants poised to delve into the critical issues surrounding fiscal policy and taxation.
Participants and stakeholders can anticipate a lively and insightful discussion as these distinguished personalities share their expertise and insights on striking the right balance between revenue generation and economic growth.