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Dubai-based Scholar To Speak At Muslim Professionals’ Guild’s Convention In Badagry

The Guild of Muslim Professionals for Peace and Development (GMP) will hold its 2014 Convention at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) chalets between 25th and 28th December, 2014.

Tagged ‘Professionals Beyond Borders’, the four-day leadership training and networking programme will have Director of Studies, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dr Assem Al-Hajj as key speaker.

The event will feature keynote sessions, panel discussions and valuable networking and brainstorming hours.

According to Mr Faheed Olajide, one of the conveners, Dr Al-Hajj has 20 years of industry consultancy services and academic experience.

Olajide, General Project Manager, Alcatel-Lucent, said the convention is aimed at providing an ideal platform for networking and learning.

“It will provide first-hand information on the corporate world, finding new business contacts on all business opportunities and upgrading career strategies for the upcoming years,” he said.

GMP, Olajide stated, is dedicated to building professional leaders, creating opportunities for growth and enhancing peaceful coexistence in the workforce and in everyday life.

He said the guild focuses on developing programs that improves the quality of life, expression of true professionalism in the ideal Islamic perspective and realisation of balance and integration of career, spirituality and family.

Executive Director, Stanbic-IBTC Nominees, Mr Akeem Oyewale, said the event is different from any other Islamic camping programmes as it focuses only on how professionals can improve their game and re-strategise the career path not just for personal improvement but to also positively impact in nation building.

Oyewale, also a member of the organisers, said the religion of Islam prides itself as not only a set of ritualistic instruction but a comprehensive way of life, whose teachings give guidance to man in his multifarious facets of life, both in the spiritual as well as the mundane.

According to him, people usually get burned out towards the end of the year, lose focus on their existence as Muslims; completely relegate their spiritual obligation to the back burner, got depressed and un-fulfilled in the professional life regardless of position and/or wealth status.

“The GMP convention understands these psychological and physical pressures our chosen career has on us and provides the following: a serene environment to slow down and hear yourself think; break from the routine of constantly doing; a safe place to learn how to attract success instead of trying so hard; a relaxation atmosphere to reflect, renew and recommit to your dreams with guest speakers that help nurture your soul and replenish your spirit,” he said.

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