Nigeria’s former Minister of Information, Mr. Frank Nweke, has been made the President of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of Nigeria.(HKSAAN) The Punch reports.
The association said this in a statement signed by Nweke on Wednesday who served as Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs; Special Duties and Youth Development; and later Information and Communications under former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government.
He obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from the prestigious Harvard institution in 2008 after leaving the federal cabinet.
HKSAAN also elected Dr. Aminu Dan’amu as its Vice President.
Dan’amu is a former Kano State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development and served as the Economic Adviser to two governors of Kano State.
A Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Professional, Mr. Innocent Isichei (MPP’07), is the new Secretary of HKSAAN, while Mrs. AdaoraUgwu (MPA/MC’ 18) a senior Public Finance Specialist and Chartered Forensic Accountant, with over 17 years’ experience in the public and private sector was elected Treasurer.
A Development Economist with over 20 years of experience in public service in Lagos, Mr. KunmiAdio-Moses, is the new Program Secretary while Mrs. Victoria Fajemilehin-Ayanleye will serve as the Executive Education Representative.
The new executives will direct the affairs of the alumni association for two years.
In his acceptance speech, the new President congratulated the previous executive committee led by Mr. Yemi Cardoso, for their foundational work in developing the institutional structure for HKSAAN, which is currently the only Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He noted that the new executives are assuming office at a critical moment in our nation’s history, as evidenced by the public health and economic challenges, occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Nweke said, “As beneficiaries of a Harvard education and its accompanying networks and pedigree, the burden of responsibility is upon us to do all that we can to lead in navigating this new world, by contributing our knowledge, skills, experience, network, and resources, towards transforming our country, society and communities for the better.” [PunchNg]
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