Written by Mfon UDO-EMA

U.K. High Commission, Chevening Alumni Hold Major Summit

**Discuss Nigerian economy
All is now set for the British High Commission in Nigeria, to host a leadership summit to reconnect and engage with Nigerians who were awarded the British Chevening Scholarships between 1984 and 2015. 
For this landmark gathering, the High Commission in collaboration with the Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria, CAAN, is inviting Nigerians who have benefited from the Chevening Scholarship award to partake in a leadership summit geared towards Nigeria’s economic development. 
It is billed to hold on Friday, November 18, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos. 
The theme of the summit is: ‘Economic prosperity of Nigeria and the role of Chevening Alumni in contributing to Nigeria’s  economic growth’, and is expected to draw on key Chevening Alumni in business, government, media and other sectors  to discuss a way forward for Nigeria’s current economic challenges. 
Speaking on the importance of the summit, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright said, “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, made up of some of the brightest minds in different sectors of Nigeria’s economy, to develop ideas to overcome the current economic challenges. 
“And because solutions that are owned and driven by Nigeria and by Nigerians will have the best chance of achieving lasting success, we are confident that the National Chevening Alumni Leadership Summit will be an excellent opportunity to chart a positive and productive way forward.”
 The 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.  
Discussions at the summit will feature plenary sessions and panel discussions with alumni and external experts around current economic realities, policies and the Nigerian business terrain. 
There will also be discussions around diversification into non-oil sectors, opportunities and challenges across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
Alumni members expected to participate at the summit include: John Momoh (CEO Channels TV), Adesola Adeduntan (CEO, First Bank Group), Sani Muhammed (Commissioner of budget and planning, Kaduna State), Bolaji Abdulahi (Former Minister of Youths and Sports), Amina Oyagbola (HR Executive, MTN Nigeria), Dan Akpovwa, CEO & Publisher of The Abuja Inquirer, Udo Okonjo, CEO of Fine & Country for West Africa and Thomas Odemwingie of The Bureau of Public Procurement. 
Others include, Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO of Access Bank, Dr. Olaolu Mudasiru, Deputy Managing Director of Vetiva Nigeria Limited, Raheemat Momodu, the ECOWAS Representative to the African Union in Adis Ababa, Ronke Onadeko, Ogun state Commissioner for Agriculture, Viola Graham-Douglas (Director of Communications, Lafarge West Africa), Ibrahim Pam (Head, Institutional Integrity, Green Climate Fund) and Oke Nwuke, Deputy Managing Director of Coscharis Motors.
Amina Oyagbola, a Chevening Alumna and Human Resource Executive at MTN Nigeria said: “Chevening Nigeria Alumni Network is 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.”
Since the inception of the Chevening programme in Nigeria in 1984, the scheme currently boasts of a Nigerian alumni base of 1,144 intellectuals spread across several sectors. 
Asides these numbers, 53 Nigerians were awarded a Chevening Scholarship in 2016 and are currently studying in the UK.
Applications are currently open for 2017/18 Chevening Scholarships and will close on 8 November 2016.
To Register and reconnect with Chevening, kindly visit the British High Commission Facebook page www.facebook.com/UKinNigeria. 


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