2012 Murtala Muhammed Memorial Conference



2012 Public Policy Dialogue – Roadmap for Change and Nigeria’s Economic Development

The current economic climate and turmoil Nigeria is facing in recent times underscores the importance and need to articulate a roadmap for the actualization of the aspirations of the Nigerian people.
Therefore, the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) is pleased to announce the second in the series of the Public Policy and Governance: 2011 and beyond Dialogues:

This 2012 dialogue; Roadmap for Change and Nigeria’s Economic Development is aimed at increasing transparency, democracy, and accountability in government and the economy.
This dialogue is designed to facilitate quality interaction between experts in the field of banking, finance, economy and investment and a representative sample of the Nigerian populace in particular stakeholders in banking, finance, business and development. It is equally aimed at deepening transparency, integrity, and accountability of government and hopes to foster discussions and dialogue that will provide the opportunity to develop strategic solutions that can yield not only stronger economic development, but ultimately increase FDI, employment rate and better the lives of the Nigerian people.

For practical and strategic reasons, the focus at this round of dialogues will be on the presentation of the Keynote Speaker, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and other experts and professionals in the field of banking, finance and the economy. This is on account of the both current situation, banking sector issues, financial overview and the current state of the Nigerian economy. In addition the dialogue will focus on opportunities for national growth, income inequality, financial reforms, and Nigeria’s place in the global economy. The importance of this discussion and results of it cannot be overstated as they directly correspond not only to self-preservation and sustainability, but ultimately to the survival of the country as a sovereign nation.

Important to note is that the panel of experts and professionals will have the opportunity to share their agenda for national development and take questions and inputs from the audience which will be drawn from a representative sample of the Nigerian populace, in particular stakeholders in the economy.

This event is not designed to negate success that Nigeria has had thus far, but rather to illustrate in which way we can move forward.

The Policy Dialogue series were begun last year as a prelude to the 2011 general elections. The object of the 2011 Dialogue was to get the Presidential candidates and the Nigerian populace to address issues rather than personalities in the run-up to the Presidential elections. The Foundation believed that it was time that Nigerians pay more attention to critical national issues bordering on infrastructure, education, health and poor quality of governance rather than the perennial resort to primordial and personality politics.

The 2012 Policy Dialogue; Roadmap for Change and Nigeria’s Economic Development, in line with the objectives of the dialogue series, is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To create a working platform addressing vital issues affecting Nigeria’s economy today;
  • To provide opportunity for addressing lessons learned, challenges, and examining the Nigerian model and the economic future of Nigeria from a global perspective;
  • To address the issues of reforms on monetary policy and adoption of indirect monetary management;
  • To discuss interest rate regime, payment systems, foreign exchange market and its influence on financial management and Nigeria’s development;
  • To listen to the experiences from other countries and experts in the field of banking, finance, economy, investment and governance on the roadmap for change;
  • To stimulate important discussions amongst¬† Nigerians on how to reduce the economic development deficiencies in the country and increase internally generated revenue;
  • To facilitate the process of building¬† national consensus on key developmental challenges and desirable reforms;

To achieve its objectives the MMF Policy Dialogue; Roadmap for Change and Nigeria’s Economic Development will be a moderated event. Furthermore, the experts and leaders in respective field will form two panels to address the key areas of concern.

The audience is selected from a cross-section of the Nigerian populace and will be representative of the following groups:

  • Financial Institutions (Banks, Regulatory Sector);
    • Government Financial Groups;
    • Consulting Firms;
    • State Governors and Deputies;
    • Journalists (Print And Electronic Media);Members Of The Civil Societies (NGOs, Charities, Faith-Based Organizations, Professional Associations);
    • Members of The Diplomatic Corp;
    • National Assembly;
    • Trade union representatives;
    • Political Parties;
    • Present and past leadership and opinion leaders;
    • Relevant Ministries;
    • Stakeholders;
    • Student Unions;
    • Students and Representatives of Academia.

The versatile and multitude of chosen audience and participants aims to provide the colorful and enriching tapestry of experiences, opinions and views.


The panelist and discussant will have the opportunity to address key economic areas including but not limited to: banking sector, financial reforms and impact on the Nigerian economy and internal economic development, the impact on the Nigerian economy by the global economy and vice versa. In addition, open for discussion will be issues of job creation, economic growth, monetary policy, monetary management, current monetary reforms, international relations and foreign direct investment (FDI). Important to note is discussion about government’s security management in the country and its direct correlation to the FDI.