Oando PLC is set to host the third edition of its webinar series themed ‘The Inequality Virus: Revolution Based Change to Achieve Inclusive Growth’. The webinar is scheduled to hold on September 2, 2020 at 11 a.m. (WAT), with three distinguished panelists: Hafsat Abiola-Costello, President & CEO, Women in Africa Initiative; Dr. Jason Hickel, Economic Anthropologist and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Maimuna Maibe, Country Director Nigeria, Global Citizen.
The theme for the upcoming webinar is predicated on rising inequality between and within countries, a resultant effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-term consequences of this being that the eventual economic recovery from the pandemic may have little to no impact on the poor and other marginalized groups, potentially leaving them worse off and facing greater inequality than ever before.
Another outcome of the pandemic and this widening gulf between the rich and poor is an increase in social unrest. A case in point being the recent unanimous declarations of a state of emergency by the 36 state Governors of Nigeria, after a series of highprofile cases of violence against women sparked nationwide protests both online and in person rallies. Conditions globally dictate that the pandemic will simply increase the likelihood of unrest, uprisings and revolutions. History has shown that desperate people are more inclined to resort to drastic measures including violence for solutions.
The webinar aims to discuss alternative perspectives on the causes of inequality, the role of technology and various players (public and private) in preventing an increased inequality gap, as well as proffer actionable solutions which can be implemented, to drive revolutionary, effective and immediate change against existing injustices and inequalities.
Oando Series Webinar: COVID-19 has brought to the fore an increased appetite for information and the realization that success can only be achieved if there is cooperation among people, businesses and countries. Against this backdrop, Oando created a bespoke webinar series to serve as a platform for engaging discourse amongst thought leaders including public sector officials, senior decision makers, business leaders, research analysts as well as subject matter experts from across the world.
Now in its third edition, the Oando Webinar Series is targeted at senior executives across all sectors. The webinar series has taken an active role in championing and facilitating conversations that bring together thought leaders to explore pertinent and topical issues specific to the African continent, that have been exacerbated by the pandemic with the objectives of sharing valuable insights and proffering tangible solutions in a post COVID-19 world, what we now term our new normal.
To date the webinar series has been facilitated by Eleni Giokos, CNN Africa Correspondent and included guests such as Dr. Tomi Coker, Commissioner for Health, Ogun State; Professor Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State; Joao Hrotko, Managing Director & Partner, Lagos, Boston Consulting Group; Ada Osakwe, Founder and MD Nuli Juices & Agrolay Ventures; Boye Olusanya, Chief Operating Officer, Flour Mills Nigeria PLC; Dr Ainojie Alex Irune, Chief Operating Officer Oando Energy Resources; Ini Ebong, Group Executive, Treasury & Financial Institutions, First Bank; Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, 2019 Obama Leader & CEO Futuresoft; Emmanuel Ijewere, Agriculturist & Accountant as well as Solape Hammond, Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Oando PLC is Africa’s leading indigenous energy company operating in the upstream sector, with interests in the downstream. Oando PLC is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and is the first African company to have a cross-border inward listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.