<![CDATA[The British High Commission in collaboration with the Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria (CAAN), in its bid to boost nation’s economy, is organising leadership summit geared towards Nigeria’s economic development.
The summit, according to a statement, on Monday in Abuja by the British High Commission Press and Public Affairs Officer, Joe Abuku, aimed at charting positive and productive way forward for Nigeria economy
The summit scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, Abuku said, is aimed at reconnecting and engaging with Nigerians who were awarded the UK Chevening Scholarships between 1984 and 2015.
According to him the summit with the theme ‘Economic Prosperity of Nigeria and the Role of Chevening Alumni in Contributing to Nigeria’s Economic Growth’, is the first of its kind.
He said that the summit would draw on key Chevening Alumni in business, government, the media and other sectors to discuss a way forward for Nigeria’s current economic challenges.
He quoted British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright as saying that the summit where stakeholder would brainstorm on Nigeria’s economy would provide ideas that will help to overcome economic challenges
“The global oil price slump has put the Nigerian economy under immense strain, but has also focused attention on opportunities for diversification and structural reform to expand Nigeria’s non-oil export base.
“The UK is providing Nigeria with support in a variety of ways, one of which is drawing on our Chevening Alumni network.
“The network made up of some of the brightest minds in different sectors of Nigeria’s economy expected to develop ideas to overcome the current economic challenges,” he quoted Arkwright as saying.
According to Arkwright solutions that are owned and driven by Nigeria and by Nigerians will have the best chance of achieving lasting success.
Arkwright expressed confident that the National Chevening Alumni Leadership Summit would be an excellent opportunity to chart a positive and productive way forward.
The statement said CAAN was established in 2012 with a mandate to provide a forum for members to network and make sound contributions to important national and international issues while promoting links between the UK and Nigeria.
The discussions at the summit according to the release will feature plenary sessions and panel discussions with alumni and external experts around current economic realities, policies and the Nigerian business terrain.
It said that would also be discussions around diversification into non-oil sectors, opportunities and challenges across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
It said that some Alumni speakers and panellists expected include John Momoh ,CEO Channels TV, Adesola Adeduntan ,CEO, First Bank Group and Sani Muhammed, Commissioner of budget and planning, Kaduna State.
Others are Former Minister of Youths and Sports, Bolaji Abdulahi; Human Resources Executive, MTN Nigeria, Amina Oyagbola; Viola Graham-Douglas of Lafarge West Africa, and Ibrahim Pam of Green Climate Fund.
Speaking on the strength and reach of the Chevening Alumni, Amina Oyagbola a Human Resources Executive with MTN Nigeria, said the Alumni Network was a formidable network with people scattered all over the country working across different disciplines doing different and amazing things.
“Imagine if we all come together and decide to embark on programs through partnerships and collaborations to move our great nation forward?” she said.]]>