Concerned about the dehumanising dynamics that are shaping global polity and economy, two Muslim non-governmental organizations, the Guild of Muslim Professionals, GMP and the Muslim Public Affairs Centre, MPAC Nigeria are combining strength and resources to host a ground-breaking national convention.
The theme of the convention which holds in Lagos between December 25 and 26 is “The World by 2050: How Ready Are We?”. It promises to interrogate a wide range of global issues and development facing humanity which Muslims should play impactful roles in their solution or resolution.
Already the two groups have constituted a strong central working committee made up of Muslim professionals that cut across all fields to deliver successfully on the convention.
They are expected to deploy their expertise and unique assets in delivering an event of international standard that the Nigerian Muslim Ummah will be proud of.
According to the GMP President, Abdulhakeem Oyewale, The Guild which has hosted six annual conventions in the past considers that Muslims should be on the same page in setting public and global agenda and considered the Muslim Public Affairs Centre as sharing similar mindset and philosophy.
The Executive Chairman of MPAC, Disu Kamor is also very enthusiastic about the partnership as he noted that his organization sees suvh collaboration as a means to strenghten unity and serve further public interests.
He cited MPAC’s established tradition of partnering with like minds to pursue common goals as exemplified in the collaboration between MPAC and the Forum for Islamic Education and Welfare and The Companion, a group of Muslims in Business and the Professions to successfully host national events.
Some of the powerful voices that will headline the event are the CEO of the UK-based Islam Channel, a Muslim cable channel that’s popular in Nigeria and about 70 other countries, Mohamed Ali, the minister of mines and steel, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite and a professor of mechatronics from the Federal University of Technology Minna, Prof Musa Aibinu.
Other side attractions at the event are exhibition of books and Islamic materials, Muslim fashion and home decorations, as well as sessions and opportunities for business and professional networking and mentoring.