The Lagos state government, through its Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, Lagos Global, has held a one-day public Lecture on intellectual capacity of citizenry at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tagged: “Nigeria and Africa in a changing world”, the lecture was delivered by Former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington.
Carrington served from 1993 to 1997.
The Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass, in his opening remark, said: “Public lectures do not only enrich the knowledge base of the citizenry, but also enrich the state’s archival repository of information and knowledge which play a crucial role in enlightening the citizens and the development of the state.
“This has made the Lagos State government accept to sponsor this public lecture, to promote the ideals upheld by those who fought for the democracy we enjoy today.
“The period of Ambassador Carrington’s presence in Nigeria coincided with the country’s vigorous struggle for democracy. He is widely regarded as a friend of Nigeria, and a progressive mind, who supported notable Nigerians in the struggle for democracy.”
In the lecture, Nigeria is portrayed as playing a pivotal role in the African continent, as a leader, whose true place should be among those ranking highest on the world stage. Therefore, there lies the need for repositioning to be ready for current and future challenges. Notable guests at the event were Human Rights Activists, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Chief Ajibola Ogunsola, former Chairman of Punch Nigeria, Mr. Fola Adeola while Governor Akinwumi Ambode was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello.