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President Tinubu receives Letters of Credence from new envoys, mulls cooperation on education, mining, others

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*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu welcomes the new envoys from Jamaica, Austrialia and Romania, assuring them of his administration’s support for a rewarding stay in Nigeria, while strengthening the existing economic, cultural, and diplomatic relations with their respective countries

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Friday, April 5, 2024, welcomed some newly-appointed Ambassadors to Nigeria, in the State House, Abuja, FCT.

Tinubu expressed his administration’s commitment to enhancing cooperation in the areas of education, mining, culture, and tourism, said Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement.

The President also received Letters of Credence from the High Commissioner of Jamaica, Lincoln Downer; High Commissioner of Australia, Leilani Bin-Juda; and Ambassador of Romania, Florin Talapan.

The statement noted during separate meetings with the envoys, President Tinubu assured them of Nigeria’s support for a rewarding stay, and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to maintaining an open-door policy towards strengthening existing economic, cultural, and diplomatic relations.

Speaking when he received the High Commissioner of Jamaica, the Nigerian leader emphasised the importance of collaboration on trade, investment, and the Technical Aids Corps.

Tinubu reiterated Nigeria’s readiness to reactivate energy cooperation with Jamaica, particularly in the context of Climate Change and the utilisation of gas as a transition fuel.

The President also noted: “The essence of a relationship is to understand one another. “With Nigeria’s energetic and talented youth, we have a cultural affinity with Jamaica and a lot of potential for cooperation in the areas of culture and tourism that will benefit the youth populations of both countries.”

The Jamaican High Commissioner, in turn, conveyed his Prime Minister’s willingness for cooperation between Nigeria and Jamaica in various fields, such as energy, trade and investment, culture, and tourism.

Downer announced plans for a Jamaican business delegation to visit Nigeria later this year, as he invited Nigerian investors to explore opportunities in Jamaica’s special economic zones.

During his meeting with the High Commissioner of Australia to Nigeria, President Tinubu expressed appreciation for the longstanding relationship between the West African country and Australia.

The Presidency further disclosed Tinubu acknowledged the shared values and interests between Nigeria and Australia as active members of the United Nations (UN), the Commonwealth, and other multilateral institutions.

Acutely aware of Australia’s world-leading position in iron ore export, the President emphasised the importance of strengthening cooperation in mining, following recent initiatives by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake, to deepen diplomatic ties between the two countries concerning developments in the sector.

Tinubu said: “The Minister of Solid Minerals was in Australia recently, and we look forward to further collaboration in this area.

“We are also ready to deepen our mutual cooperation in the area of education.”

Bon-Juda, Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, as well expressed enthusiasm for further collaboration during her tenure in Nigeria, the statement noted.

The envoy said: “I am the first Australian indigenous person to be appointed High Commissioner to Nigeria.

“I have been here for five months, and I love Nigeria. I love the people. I am sure my tenure here will be extremely fruitful for both sides.”

The Australian High Commissioner, extended an invitation to the Nigerian President to consider visiting Australia during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) holding in Samoa.

In a meeting with Talapan, Romanian Ambassador, President Tinubu assured the Ambassador that Nigeria would explore more opportunities for collaboration with the EU-member country.

The envoy expressed his commitment to strengthening ties between Nigeria and Romania, particularly in the education, energy and defence sectors.

Talapan also announced plans to increase scholarships for prospective Nigerian students interested in studying in Romania.

“Nigeria is a second home to me, and I have lived here for many years. I have to give back every good thing I have received from Nigeria.

“My country is looking towards a strategic alliance with Nigeria in the areas of education, energy, and defence,” Ambassador Talapan told President Tinubu.

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