Introducing The NVS StandPoint
It gives us great pleasure to introduce the NVS StandPoint or “The StandPoint” – the latest of our efforts to give the everyday Nigerian more visibility, voice and clout in the shaping of Nigeria.
The StandPoint, our editorial, will appear on the front page of the website every other Monday, beginning Monday, July 12th. However, the board may, on occasion, comment sooner than the fortnightly schedule allows—when events of paradigmatic significance occur between scheduled comments.
The StandPoint will be written in the format of a traditional newspaper editorial. It will also display the watchdog and ombudsman characters of newspaper editorials. However, as the products of a fiercely independent and rigorous process of group punditry and deliberation, the editorials will be punchier, more unsparing, and less restrained. The mainstream media and commentators may freely reproduce our editorials, with due attribution.
The StandPoint will express the consensual position of the NVS editorial board on deep societal issues and on the permanent crises that our country faces.
The StandPoint will approach every issue with an open, non-judgmental mind. Our critiques and recommendations shall be constructive, challenging and, where necessary, actionable.
We stake our collective honour on our impartiality, fairness, balance, and our commitment to good governance, leadership accountability, and personal responsibility.
The team that will oversee this editorial initiative comprises the following NVS members and contributors:
- Chika Ezeanya - Researcher with keen interests in the broader African policy and development discourse.
- Farooq Kperogi - Journalist, writer, university teacher, blogger, and researcher at Georgia State University, Atlanta.
- Ikhide Ikheloa - US-based educator and writer
- Moses Ochonu - Professor of African History at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee
- Okey Ndibe - Novelist and political columnist teaches at Trinity College in Hartford, CT..
- Pius Adesanmi - Associate professor of Literature at Carleton University, Ottawa Canada.
- Salisu Suleiman - Director, Good Governance Group, Abuja
- Sonala Olumhense – Journalist and researcher at the United Nations, New York