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Osinbajo to Speak on Nigeria’s Investment Drive in Oxford

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will, on the invitation of Oxford University, United Kingdom, on Friday deliver a lecture highlighting ongoing investments, efforts and plans of the Nigerian government on human development.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday.

Akande said at the event, Osinbajo would also inaugurate the International Advisory Board of Oxford University’s African Studies Centre, under the School of Global and Area Studies.

He stated that members of the board were eminent leaders from across the world, including several African countries like Nigeria and South Africa.

He listed the board members to include Mr Tito Mboweni, an international advisor of Goldman Sachs and former chairman of the South African Reserve Bank, who will chair the board; Monica Geingos, the First Lady of Namibia, lawyer and entrepreneur; Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, former United Nations under-secretary for political affairs, one-time Nigeria’s permanent representative to the UN and former external affairs minister; and Dr Charlotte Scott, former First Lady of Zambia and development specialist.

Others, according to him, are Mr Gareth Ackerman, chairman of Pick ‘n’ Pay, South Africa; Mr Alex Duncan, director and consultant economist, The Policy Practice, Brighton, United Kingdom; Mr Ivor Agyeman-Duah, economist and author, Accra, Ghana; Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria; and Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, founder and managing director, DLO Energy Group (Pty) Limited, South Africa.

Akande said Osinbajo would be received in London by Oxford University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor and Warden, St Antony’s College, Prof. Roger Goodman; Head, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, Tim Powers; and the Director of the African Studies Centre, Prof. Wale Adebanwi.

He added, “During the lecture, Prof. Osinbajo will highlight the progress made by the Buhari administration in improving the country’s human capital development indices and investment climate, as well as the widespread impact of the National Social Investment Programmes.

“The N-Power Volunteer Corps, which is a part of the N-SIP, and has so far provided employment for 500,000 young Nigerian graduates and demonstrates the commitment of the Federal Government to invest in the human capital development of Nigerian citizens, particularly the young people.

“Also, the N-SIP includes schemes such as the Conditional Cash Transfer, which has helped lift thousands of the poorest Nigerians out of poverty through the provision of N5,000 monthly stipends; and the TraderMoni, which provides collateral and interest-free loans from N10,000 to petty traders nationwide, among other initiatives of the Buhari administration.”

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