The Political Economy of Cattle Colony in Nigeria
Lecture by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze, MD/CEO of Selonnes Consult Ltd,
PDP 2017 Governorship Candidate in Anambra State and
Former Secretary to the Anambra State Government,
At the Fourth Annual Lecture Series of the Department of Economics,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,
Tuesday 20 February, 2018.
Thank you for that very gracious introduction. It is an honour to be invited back to speak at this great
University. Mr Chairman, Prof. Bernard Odo, it is a pleasure to see you again, and I thank you for the
honour of chairing this lecture. I salute the Chief Host, Vice-Chancellor Professor Joe Ahaneku for the kind
invitation, for his proactive leadership of UNIZIK and for his friendship. I wish to convey my warmest
felicitations to our Special Guest of Honour H.E. Governor Willie Obiano and our Special Guest, H.E. Dr. Nkem
I thank my friends in the Department of Economics and appreciate especially, our Host, Dr. Uju
Ezenekwe, the HOD, Dr. Eze A. Eze, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of this lecture series, and SubDean
Uche Nwogugu and the discussant Dr. Uche M. Ozughalu. I will be entirely remiss, if I do not
publicly acknowledge the Co-Host, and Dean of the Faculty of Art and Sciences, Prof. Stella Chinyere Okunna,
a very dear friend, colleague and interlocutor in many past, present and future endeavours.
I salute the academic, non-academic staff and students of this University. With tertiary institutions
like UNIZIK, the role and place of the academia in the discourse, conceptualization and implementation of
public policies geared at nation building is assured. Since this is my first public speaking engagement since the
2017 Anambra State Governorship election, I thank those who sent their words of support and prayers,
notwithstanding the electoral outcome. I have since ‘dusted my sandals’ and moved on.
I don’t know what informed the choice of my being selected to deliver this lecture. First, I am not an
economist; and secondly, I am not quite certain that those in leadership positions in our country still place
any real value on policy debates and wise counsel. So, I am slightly dubious on the impact of lectures such as
this in shaping public policies. Be that as it may, I will speak from the neutral position of being a member of
the attentive public, a public policy expert and most importantly, as a concerned Nigerian and a friend of this
institution of learning. Click here to read the full lecture (pdf).