- Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo has been appointed as an associate and founding member of the Dunning Africa Centre
- The centre is owned by the prestigious Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom
- Dattijo currently serves as a member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement
Kaduna - The prestigious Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom has announced the appointment of Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo as an associate and founding member of its Dunning Africa Center.
Making the announcement, Rajneesh Narula OBE, Director of both the Dunning Africa Centre and the John Dunning Centre for international business noted that Dattijo, an astute and erudite Development Economist would be joining the institution, as it begins operations at its African Center, in the same month.
Part of the statement announcing the appointment read:
“We believe that your experience and background would not only enhance our profile but that in the longer run, your ongoing work helps contribute to our objectives to improve the business environment in African countries.”
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It also reiterated that:
“The Dunning Africa Centre will emphasise both conceptual and applied research with the aim of optimising the engagement of African firms and governments with the forces of globalization, particularly those relating to trade and Foreign direct investment.”
Dattijo is the former chief of staff to Kaduna governor, Malam Nasir Elrufai and the current commissioner for budget and planning in the state.
Other notable appointees include Andrew Mold, the Acting Director of the Subregional Office for Eastern Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Others are Professor Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi, a Canada Research Chair in International Sustainable Development at the Gustavson Business School, University of Victoria in Canada, and Dr. Helena Barnard, Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
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The Centre has a threefold objective which includes nurturing academic researchers in management, business studies, and economics interested in globalization, as well as acting as a ‘virtual hub’ that promotes collaboration between research institutions, universities, and businesses to study the impact of globalization and international business.
These are in addition to offering short, intensive courses to help managers and policymakers across Africa to handle these challenges.
Muhammad who currently serves as a member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement was before his appointment in Kaduna, a policy adviser at the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York.
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In a related development, Emmanuel Ofuasia, a postgraduate student of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the Lagos State University, Nigeria has been awarded £1,000 to undertake research on Philosophy of Religion.
Legit.ng gathered that the grant is entitled: “English Language Support Grants 2021” and it is mainly for non-native English-speaking philosophers of religion.
The grant was made possible through the John Templeton Foundation and the Global Philosophy of Religion Project at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Buhari says Nigerians competitive abroad because of good education at home
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the competitive nature of Nigerians at home and abroad is due to the good quality of education the country provides them with.
Buhari made the statement during a meeting with Shakhboot Al Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs in the United Arab Emirates, on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum, saying:
“Nigerians are all over the place, very competitive. And the competitiveness starts from home, where they have acquired good education, gone into businesses, and then take all that abroad.”