Special Adviser to Nigerian President to address International NGO Conference in Rockville, Maryland.

By Leonard Madu

Dr. Sarah Jibril, Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Ethics and Values will be a keynote speaker at the annual International Association of African Non Governmental Organizations conference (IAAN). The conference will take place at the Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Rockville, Maryland on September 5-7, 2013. Delegates from the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean will be attending the conference. The theme of the conference is 'Empowering NGOS Through Awareness in the Age of Globalization.'

Dr. Jibril, who is also Ambassador Plenipotentiary for Peace and Reconciliation in Africa and Diaspora will speak on Ethics and Values of governance in Africa. A mother of four and a woman empowerment stalwart, she is the first serious female presidential candidate in Nigeria. A devout and relentless crusader for social reforms, she has taken her ethical crusade to the United Nations, the Commonwealth, ECOWAS, The European Union and NEPAD. She has called on ECOWAS to convene an international conference on ethics, and the UN to declare an international ethics day. She also presented a paper on ethics to the 37th Congressionlal Black Caucus Conference. 'We are glad to have Dr. Jibril. She brings another dimension to the conference', said Ms. Joyce Halliday, Executive Director of IAAN.

In Nigeria, she is busy organizing workshops, and seminars for executives of various state governments and legislatures on ethics and good governance. Recently, she called for the establishment of the ministry of ethics and national integrity. ' Dr. Jibril is a woman of coscience and integrity, who has carved a niche as an irrepressible and indefatigable fighter for peace and justice', said Dr. Leonard Madu, President of the African Caribbean Institute.

The International Association of African NGOS is an organization whose mission is to create global awareness for member NGOS through networking and to assist member and associate NGOS in enhancing their programs and activities. They also seek to partner NGOS and businesses in the United States with those in developing countries.

The conference seeks to bring together individuals from different races, gender and ethnicity to discuss issues ranging from capacity building for NGOS, empowering NGOS with technology and other developmental issues in developing countries. and personal relationships.

Other distinguished speakers and participants will include, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, First Lady of Oyo State, Nigeria, Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, DC, who will welcome the delegates to the conference, Mr. Franklin Moore, Deputy Administrator of USAID, Washington, DC, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke, First Lady of Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director, Urban Research Institute, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Michelle Kato, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, Ms. Seema Aziz, President of CARE PAKISTAN, Islamabad, Pakistan, Dr. Hernan Dimitriv Forzani, President, Center for Promotion and Development of NGOS, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mr. Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVISCUS, Pretoria, South Africa, Dr. Elsie Okobi, Professor of Library and Information Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Ijeoma Otigbuo, Professor and Chair, Dept of Biology, Physical Education and Health Sciences, Montgomery College, Germantown, Maryland and special Adviser to President Obama's task force on HIV/Aids, Dr. Agorom Dike, Chairman, Caribbean American Christian Leadership Coalition, Washington, DC, Ms. Denise Jackson, President and CEO, LDJ Solutions, Washington, DC, Dr. Leonard Madu, President of the African Caribbean Institute and African Chamber of Commerce of Nashville, TN, Mr. William Burns, Director of Communications, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis, Maryland, Ms. Joyce Halliday, Executive Director, International Assiciation of African NGOS, Silver Spring, Maryland, Dr. Cheryl Hill, President, Integrity International, Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Rita Bovelle, Proprietor, Envision Eye and Laser, Glenn Dale, Maryland, Dr. Mercy Obamogie, President, Princess Ejemen Foundation, Greenbelt, Maryland, Ms. Catherine Morley, President, Women in health and Nutrition, Nashville, Tennessee. President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Dame Patience Jonathan, First Lady of Nigeria are also expected to attend.

A giant multicultural awards banquet and cultural extravaganza will bring the conference to a close.

*For further information on registration and speakers, contact Joyce Halliday at 240-338-6445 and by email at [email protected] or [email protected]