AU Diplomat to Address FSI Ambassadorial Lecture Forum

first_imgAmbassador Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, is expected to serve as Guest Lecturer at the Ambassadorial Lecture Forum (ALF) of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute (FSI).The ALF, which is slated for Wednesday, August 26, at 3 p.m., will be held in the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Ambassador Solaja will be the sixth lecturer of the ALF, which was launched on January 3, 2010. Ambassador Solaja, a Nigerian, born on November 25, 1956, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Ife. Among his rich list of credentials, the AU Diplomat served from 2005 to 2008 as Nigeria’s Minister Plenipotentiary at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA. He also served as Chief of Protocol of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from September 2009 to July 2011.He assumed the position of Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission to Liberia and Sierra Leone on October 4, 2011. In the first Ambassadorial Lecture Forum held in 2010, H.E. Chief Ojo Maduekwe, CFR, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, served as Guest Lecturer. That lecture recognized Ambassador Charles T. O. King, who served as Liberia’s first Ambassador to the then newly independent Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1961 to 1968.The fifth ALF was held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The Guest Lecturer was H.E. Masilo Esau Mabeta, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Liberia. That lecture recognized Ambassador Neh Rita Sangai Dukuly-Tolbert, former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, France, Spain and Switzerland. Meanwhile, on the day of the sixth ALF, Ambassador E. Sumo Jones will be the honoree. Among the honoree’s many credentials, including serving as Acting Head of State of Liberia for three days in October 1981, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to the Republic of Guinea from 2007 to 2012. He had also served as Superintendent and Senator of Lofa County in the 1970s and early 1980. In September 1981, he served as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs.The Forum highlights Liberia’s former ambassadors’ role and contribution to Liberian Diplomacy and Foreign Policy achievements and also presents an opportunity for lectures on topical diplomatic issues on the international agenda. The outcome of the ALF will be a documentation of activities of Liberia Foreign Service officers, who have made immense contributions to Liberia’s Foreign Policy over the years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eddie Howe rules himself out of the running for Newcastle job

first_img1 Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe Eddie Howe has no interest in succeeding Alan Pardew as manager of Newcastle United.The Magpies are currently without a permanent boss following Pardew’s exit to Crystal Palace.Caretaker John Carver has admitted he is keen on the full-time job, but Bournemouth boss Howe is reportedly high on the club’s list of potential candidates.At 37, Howe is one of England’s most promising young managers, having guided his side to the top of the Championship.And although the young coach admits to being flattered by reports linking him with the vacancy at St James’ Park, he insists he is not interested in leaving his current post for any other job.“It’s flattering,” Howe said. “I am not going to say that you don’t want to be linked with jobs because I think if you are not linked with jobs you are not winning games – so I will take that for winning games.“But I have no interest in any other jobs bar this one. I don’t listen to speculation or what the media say, it is very much about the day-to-day running of this football club. I love doing the job here and I am focussed on our next game on Saturday.”Howe played for the South Coast side during two permanent spells and a loan and he is currently enjoying his second time round as manager.Instead of taking over at tenth placed Newcastle, Howe wants to guide the club he joined as a schoolboy into the Premier League this season.“The overall aim is to get there,” Howe said about the Cherries’ top-flight aspirations.“I have never set targets, I have never said we are going to achieve anything, you just have to prove it.“We are still in the middle of a busy period of games and we will see where that leads us.“All I will say is that we will work incredibly hard and look to improve on every aspect so we can get there but it is a long season.”last_img read more