President George Manneh Weah will join other prominent persons billed to speak at the virtual program to mark the 12th edition of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium slated to take place in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. Others are Dani Rodri, a Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Mr. Mohamed Yahya of the United Nations Development Program, among others.
President George Manneh Weah will be speaking on the tenuous nature of rebuilding a country after brutal civil wars, emphasizing the importance of national reconciliation, trust-building for the forging of national cohesion and unity as well as bringing a country back from the brink of conflict.
A statement on Friday by the organizing committee said that the event taking place virtually today, Monday, March 29, 2021 is to celebrate the 69th birth anniversary of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the governing All Progressive Congress(APC).
According to the statement, this year’s edition will focus on peace building and national cohesion as a tool for growth and prosperity in Nigeria.
“The theme interrogates these issues in the light of contemporary incidents and commentaries in the public space with ethnic and religious dimensions. Our objective is to explore the implications of violent conflicts and innovative strategies for sustaining peace in a heterogeneous society with multi-ethnic groups, such as Nigeria,” the organizers said.
Dani Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is currently President – Elect of the International Economic Association and Co-Director of Economics for Inclusive Prosperity.
The Professor will deliver the keynote address titled: “Where Can Growth Go? The Social Conflict Push”. He will speak along the line of his thoughts as promoted in his work, “Where did all the Growth Go? External Shocks, Social Conflict and Growth Collapses.