By Joy Odor
The Association of Foreign Relations Professional of Nigeria (AFRPN) has concluded arrangements for it’s third conference for Serving and Retired Senior Diplomatic of Nigeria to address terrorism and proffer solutions.
The President of AFRPN, Ambassador Dr. Gani Lawal made this known at a media briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Abuja on Friday with the theme: “The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism and Insurgency in West Africa”.
Ambassador Lawal added that the theme of the conference was carefully selected to create an opportunity to listen to perspectives of diplomatic professionals who have been in the front line of combating terrorism and insurgency.
He said the aim of the group is to impact the foreign policy of Nigeria in a positive way from the perspectives of reasoned options emanating from synergy and brainstorming exercises of experienced practitioners through lectures, workshops and publications as well as mentoring upcoming diplomats.
He confirmed that the guest lecturer is the former Chairman of ECOWAS Commission HE Ambassador Mohammed Ibn Chambas while the Chairman of the occasional is the current Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Professor Tijani Muhammed Bande.
Other invited high profile dignitaries at the event scheduled to take place at the Rotunda Hall Ministry of Foreign Affairs are patrons of the association as Amb Dr.Dalhatu Tafida a former High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom UK.
Some other invited notable foreign service professionals expected at the parley are Prof Mrs Joy Ogwu, the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama current Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Amb. Zubairu Dada as well as heads of diplomatic missions in Nigeria among others.
The AFRPN group is made up of retired and serving career diplomats and all stakeholders in the business of foreign relations.