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Island Club holds diplomatic night January 30


Chairman, Island Club, Olabanji Oladapo (right); Chairman, Diplomatic Committee, Ambassador Gani Lawal and Chief Siji Olowosuko; at a press briefing on Diplomatic Night in Lagos… yesterday PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

The Island Club, Lagos will hold its Diplomatic Night on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at its reception hall in Onikan.

The session is expected to strengthen the bilateral, socio-economic and cultural relations between Nigeria and other countries through their embassies.

Chairman of the club, Banji Oladapo, who briefed journalists yesterday on the upcoming event, said the club was established to create a means of exchanging views among nations.


“This will also afford members who are mostly businessmen and technocrats the opportunity to extend their horizons,” he stated.

He pointed out that the movement of the diplomatic headquarters to Abuja created a communication breakdown and the diplomatic night became a matter of interest.

“The need to resuscitate the event became very obvious, as we attempt to revive lost relationship, hence the first one in my tenure.

“This will enable us exchange the necessary information and opportunities for some of our business members,” he added.

Ambassadors, foreign commissioners, chief executive officers of media houses, including The Guardian, are being expected at the event, which begins at 5pm with no fewer than 250 expected guests.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, will deliver the keynote address on The Nigerian Foreign Policy In A Changing World: What Role For The Nigerian Media.

Speaking on the choice of the theme, Chairman of Diplomatic Committee, Dr. Gani Lawal, said it was informed by current happenings in the international community, especially recent disparaging comments on Africa by the United States President, Donald Trump.

“This generally impacts the way we conduct our policies. As we know, Nigeria is still battling insecurity, economic downturn and we have a President who is expected to channel the country’s foreign policy to deal with insecurity. Nigeria’s foreign policy must reflect these changes,” he stated.

About 50 Nigerians and Non-Nigerians founded the Island Club in 1943.

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