In consonance with his commitment to assemble noted thought leaders across the nation and the globe to strengthen democracy and advance good governance, Professor Pat Utomi, founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, has announced that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, six serving governors, eminent royal fathers, captains of industry, and international scholars, would be part of the key participants in a two-day international symposia to celebrate CVL at 20, Patitos Gang TV at 25, and his 68th birthday. The two-day events are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, February 5 and 6, 2024, respectively.

The event for day one, Entrepreneurship Symposium, scheduled to hold at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, has as its theme: ‘Skills Driven Entrepreneurship.’ The keynote speaker is Dr. Adiele Nwankwo, an innovator in planning applications, who initiated and completed the first Geographic Information System Transportation application in the state of Michigan, USA and is credited with the development and implementation of a methodology for integrating traffic safety with regional transportation plans.

The co-speaker is Dr. Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, Director, Business Innovation Accelerator and an associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Lagos Business School.

The Panel of Practice include: Mustapha Njie, a Gambian, regarded as one of Africa’s most successful property developers, and whose company, TAF Africa Homes, is present in eight African countries; Engr. Alfred Okoigun, founder and Group Managing Director of ARCO Group Plc, a diversified company with operations spanning maintenance engineering support services, Marine Logistics, Pipelines and Facilities Inspection, property development, and consumer power generation; Dr. Leemon Ikpea, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, LEE Engineering and Construction Company Limited; and Dr Cosmos Maduka, Founder, President and CEO of Coscharis Group, an indigenous conglomerate with diverse interest in Manufacturing, Petrochemical, Auto care, Auto Components, Automobile Sales and Services.

The day two event, scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2024at Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, is the Leadership Symposium and Launch of Professor Utomi’s new book: ‘Power, Politics, Public Policy Process and Performance.’ The theme of the symposium is ‘Democracy, Governance and National Performane: The Mutual Relationship.’

The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, a globally acclaimed authority on democratisation in Africa, and Senior Associate for Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Washington DC, USA, while the Co-Speakers are Professor Peter Lewis, the Warren Weinstein Chair of African Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; and Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Panel of discussants are: His Excellences, Dr. Alex Otti, governor of Abia State; Professor Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra State; Mr. Peter Mbah, governor of Enugu State; Engr. Sule Abdullahi, governor of Nasarawa State; Prince Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun State; and Engr. Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State

Renowned political economist, Prof Utomi, informed that the two-day international event is in keeping with the established tradition of CVL since 2004 to provide a “veritable platform for great intellectual discourse and a think point for national issues, to promote and encourage good leadership in Nigeria and Africa.”

The CVL Annual Lecture and International Leadership Symposium, which started in 2004 assembles noted thought leaders and renowned experts from around the world to discuss and analyse topical issues relevant to Nigeria’s economic and socio-political  development with the overall goal of strengthening democracy, good governance, rule of law, and sustainable leadership.

The first edition of the CVL Annual lecture took place in 2004 at the NIIA, with Mr. Tom Isegohi, a Nigerian investment banker in the USA as the first speaker. Since then, CVL has consistently hosted thought provoking editions, featuring brilliant minds from around the world as speakers with discussions on various issues ranging from education, leadership, employment, cities development, democracy, economy, youth, values, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and development, amongst others.

Other eminent and inspirational speakers, who have graced the annual lecture series include: former President, Chief Obasanjo, former Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, President, Republic of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame, President, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew Hasan Kukah, and President, African Development Bank,Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.


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