Oyebode, Others to Dissect AfCFTA, Opportunities and Challenges as ICSAN 2021Conference Awards Sanwo-Olu
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has announced plans for its 45th Annual Conference and Dinner with the theme: African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and national development, Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities.
Addressing the media in Lagos, the Vice President of the Institute and Chairman, Conference and AGM Committee, Mrs Funmi Ekundayo, FCIS who revealed that the conference is slated for September 16th and 17th will honour Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu with the ICSAN Award in Corporate Governance (Individual Category), explained that the theme for the conference is a very topical national issue, critical to the economic success of the nation and continent in general, therefore, needs to be consistently discussed for better understanding.
ICSAN has never shied away from dissecting national issues in the interest and benefit of the nation and this is no exception. “This is why the theme is further broken down into three further sub-themes to address specific issues as it affects the country and its economy”, she further said.
To do justice to the themes, a sterling faculty has been carefully selected as speakers and Discussants to offer perspectives to move the conversation forward. According to the Chairman, Conference and AGM Committee, the main keynote address shall be delivered by Prof. Akin Oyebode, Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence while Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, CON, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment will serve as the conference Chairman.
While Dr. Oyesola Oyekunle, Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority; Mr. Jaiyeola Laoye, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG); and Mr. Adebola Hassan Balogun, Head, Corporate & Regulatory Services Unit, Nigeria Export and Import Bank will also speak on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sub-themes respectively.
The sub-themes are Nigeria infrastructural Deficit and African Continental Free Trade Zone (AfCFTA): What connections, What Solutions?; AfCTFA and the Nigerian Manufacturing Sector: Converting Challenges to Opportunities while the third is titled AfCTFA: A fresh Frontier for a Chartered Secretary/Governance Professional.
Panelists and discussants for the sessions include Dr. Garba Ado, Department of Economics, ABU Business School, Zaria; Mrs Joyce Akpota, FCIS, Head, Policy and Advocacy, GAIN; Engr. Prof. Simon Irtwange, FNSE, President, Technical Committee on Yam Export Programme, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Mr. Sola Obadimu, DG, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce.
The ICSAN 2021 conference shall be rounded off with a dinner and awards ceremony on Friday the 17th featuring the induction of new Fellows of the institute.
Aside from the Lagos State governor’s individual award, the ICSAN honourary Fellowship are also slated for the Vice-Chancellor, Babcock University, Prof. Tayo Ademola and DG, Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Prof. Isa Hayatu Ciroma while Sir Leo Okafor, FCIS, Group Company Secretary/Legal Counsel, UBA Capital PLC would receive the ICSAN distinguished Secretary Award.
Also at the briefing were Mr. Francis Olawale, FCIS, ICSAN Treasurer; Taiwo Ganiyat Olusesi, FCIS, Registrar/CEO, ICSAN and Mrs. Lynda Onefeli, Chairperson, Publicity & Advocacy Committee, ICSAN among others.