July 2016

A project contracting company, China CAMC Engineering Limited is set to partner Anambra State in four key sectors of development.
A delegation from the company and some finance partners facilitated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) revealed this during a courtesy call on the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.
Leading the delegation, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Yu Tao, expressed their interest to partner the state in the sectors of agriculture, power, health, as well as oil and gas.
He promised that the company would support Anambra State in areas of staple food processing and agricultural mechanisation.
Mr Tao also highlighted the construction of airport and other transport system, where they intend to engage in intercity and inter-state rail projects.
He said they were convinced that they made the right choice by coming to Anambra State with the level of development they saw in the state.
Governor Obiano on his part welcomed the partnership interest of the group, especially in the area of oil and gas, as well as power.
He assured them of security, saying that his administration has made great efforts to ensure that investments and business ventures in the state thrive under a very conducive atmosphere.
The Governor further sought their partnership in the development of water transportation and creation of Export Free Zone in the state.
While he promised that his government would play its part to ensure that the deal was struck soon, there were exchange of souvenirs and group photographs to seal the meeting.

The outgoing Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria , HC Calderwood, visits Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa on July 14.

In a tweet via the official Twitter handle, it was announced that the Ambassador visited to say goodbye to the President as the country during his tenure shared a warm and productive relationship.

HC Calderwood with Pres#Buhari in farewell call near end of tour in#Nigeria.We share warm and productive relations pic.twitter.com/ivFFBE7ou1

The outgoing Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has commended the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, for his astute war against corruption in Nigeria.

In his remarks on Friday when the EFCC Chairman visited him, Mr. Entwistle said:

“It is in our interest to see Nigerian law enforcement capacity grow… It is not enough to complaint about things. We have to help our friends… I am proud of the EFCC and privileged to be of some help.”

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Outgoing US Ambassador, Mr. Entwistle  and Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC Chairman
The EFCC Chairman said he visited the Ambassador purposely because he want to bid him farewell as he round up his tenure in Nigeria.

Magu, however, thanked the envoy for his support and cooperation.

He said: “Even when you leave, do not forget us. Continue to be our ambassador.”

He also urged Entwistle to continue to monitor his performance as chairman of the EFCC, assuring that having come this far, he would never compromise his integrity in the fight against corruption.

The Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zenner has said that the German government through its embassy in Nigeria promotes cultural activities with the aim of building mutual understanding between both Nations.

Mr. Zenner noted that besides political and economic relations, cultural relations form the third pillar of German foreign policy, adding that it is one of the most sustainable and visible instruments.

He also observed that the promotion of cultural values represents a significant contribution of utmost importance in efforts geared towards creating and maintaining peace amongst people globally.

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Mr. Michael Zenner

Speaking recently at an event themed: “Blackman in European Kitchen” presented by a Nigerian artist based in Germany, he explained: “Promoting the visual arts and exhibitions is an important part of the German Federal Foreign Office’s cultural activities."

“Promoting the visual arts and exhibitions is an important part of the German Federal Foreign Office’s cultural activities”, he said

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright was joined by Nigeria’s Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Danbazau to commission a newly constructed immigration Returns Reception Centre at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos built by the UK government for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The event took place on Wednesday, July 13.

The facility, constructed as part of the UK government’s flagship partnership with the NIS, is within the cargo terminal of the airport and will be used to process immigration returns on arrival. It will also serve as a bespoke training facility for the Nigeria Immigration Service.

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In his speech during the commissioning, the British High Commissioner expressed delight in witnessing the special occasion of the first use of the Returns Reception Centre and restated UK commitment to the long standing co-operation with Nigeria on different areas, including migration.
Mr Arkwright said:

“Nigeria is a valued partner to the UK and we have made real progress on issues that are important to both our countries. Our migration relationship brings many benefits to the UK as well as Nigeria. The UK committed, formally, to building this facility at the start of 2015 as our gift to the Nigeria Immigration Service, at a substantial cost.

"This centre is designed to help improve the returns process for you on the ground, but more importantly, allow a dignified return of Nigerians repatriated from the UK, which is important to both our countries.”

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The UK Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Paul Arkwright has congratulated the former Nigerian Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili as she received a honorary award from a UK University.

The outspoken Nigerian activist and a former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, who is also one of the coordinators of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, was conferred with a honorary degree by the University of Essex, England, United Kingdom,

She was honoured for her work in promoting transparency and accountability in government and lending a voice to the importance of the office of the citizen in a country like Nigeria.

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Oby Ekwesili Honoured at theUniversity of Essex

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that Nigeria may not be fielding any candidates in the various vacant positions in the African Union when the body meets next week at its 27th Ordinary session to elect new members that would lead them for the next two years.

Onyeama made this disclosure yesterday while briefing journalists on the level of preparation for the 2016 African Union Summit.
The summit which has as its theme: African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on Women’s Rights’ is scheduled for the 16th to 18th July 11, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

While noting that the nation has not taking a final decision whether she would field candidates or not, the minister disclosed that Nigeria had initial plan to sponsor candidate for the peace and security commission currently occupied by Algeria, which according to him was vying for the position of the chair but had to withdrew following Algeria’s decision to retain her position.


Onyeama however stated that if the call for the postponement of the election till next year succeeds then Nigeria may catch in on the opportunity to field a candidate.

Apart from the election of members into various positions other issues the summit would look at include the issue of human rights in the country as well as the full integration of the continent through the establishment of Free Trade Area and the African Union passport.

Onyeama stated that,“The occasion would permit Nigeria the opportunity to showcase the successes recorded by this current administration in the area of human rights enthronement.

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Geoffrey Onyeama
He said “as part of measures at enthroning human rights in the country particularly in the Northeast, the administration as taking steps to de-militarize the zone as well as investigating and punishing reported cases of abuse. Onyeama added that the government has also embedded the principle of human rights both in the military as well as the judiciary.

While commending some African countries that have introduce punitive measures to culprits of early child marriage, he said Nigeria has increased its funding towards girl child education as wells slots to women in politics, adding that with the education of the girl child and the various empowerment programmes for women, it would address the issue of child marriage in the country.

On the economic front the minister said with the formal adoption of the AU’s passport which would be issued to Heads of States and Governments of the African Union at the summit, a major step towards trade liberalization in Africa has been achieved.

Onyeama who observed that 10 percent of trade in Africa is Intra-Africa i.e trade among African countries, argued that with the AU passport coming into operation it would be easier for member countries to do business with each other.

Onyeama said while the introduction of the AU passport would allow freer movement of people along the continent and by extension the movement of arms to fuel violence, the minister emphasized that with the conscious efforts of member countries particularly in intelligence gathering and stringent border policing the challenge of arms proliferation can be easily curtailed.

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He emphasized that Africa’s integration is a win-win situation for all members, noting that Nigeria stands to benefit a lot from the situation as it provides access to trade and a large market for the nation’s manufacturers.

The summit is also expected to fine tune modalities for pushing its quest for two slots in the United Nations Security Council as well as a critical appraisal of the projects under the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).

According to Onyeama the Nigeria-Algeria gas pipeline is a major project of NEPAD that the summit would be given attention this year.

United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien has released $13 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in areas of north-east Nigeria that have just become accessible, bringing the total CERF support to more than $70 million.

Some $27 million was already allocated in March 2015 to assist more than 1.6 million internally displaced people, refugees, returnees, and host communities in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. An additional $31 million was provided in early 2016 to help 700,000 people in the Lake Chad Basin. 

The destruction of crops and looting of livestock have left many unable to support their families. More than 50,000 people are in need of seeds and tools for the upcoming planting season and CERF funding will help them to rebuild their livelihoods by providing food, including the all important child nutritional supplements.

Not only that, a significant number of women and girls, as well as men and boys, have suffered or witnessed terrible abuses due to the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and CERF funds will enable humanitarian partners to provide critical psychosocial support and protection and health services. And all of the above will be achieved through disbursements to FAO, UNDSS, UNFPA, UNHAS, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP.

In a statement made available to the press, O’Brien stresses that the international community must take advantage of the better access to vulnerable people to reach them with essential services and build on the CERF allocation to scale up the response.

 “The humanitarian crisis in North-East Nigeria is massive and alarming: 15 million people are affected by the violence instigated by Boko Haram including 7 million people who need urgent humanitarian assistance,” said Munir Safieldin, the acting Humanitarian Coordinator. “Unless we scale up now, 7 to 8 children will die of severe acute malnutrition every hour; 184 children will die every day. We need resources now to scale up our current response”.

The Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria was revised upwards by $51 million in June and is now calling for $279 million. To date, it is only 22 per cent funded.

CERF is a pooled fund that supports rapid humanitarian response. Donors preposition funds with CERF so that money is available immediately to kick-start relief operations in new emergencies and to provide live-saving assistance in crises that are underfunded. At mid-year, donors have contributed $248 million to CERF for 2016 and CERF has allocated nearly the same amount, responding to high demand from humanitarian partners.

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has criticised Nigerian politicians, blaming them for the inconclusive elections recorded in recent polls conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He said politicians, rather than INEC, were to be blamed for the recurring impasse in election results in Kogi, Bayelsa and other states.

“Politicians often fail to adhere to the principle of nonviolence which leads to disruption of the electoral process,” he said.

The electoral umpire, INEC, has come under severe attacks for declaring elections held in some states inconclusive, especially in Kogi and Bayelsa.

Ambassador James Entwistle
Entwistle dismissed insinuations that the current INEC leadership was not working as effectively as the immediate past leadership that conducted the 2015 general elections, saying, “I don’t agree with that. I was a big admirer of Professor (Attahiru) Jega.

I think he’s Nigeria’s true hero. But, in my dealing with Professor Mahmood Yakubu, I’ve been very impressed as well. I think we do not have to be an election expert to know.

“If we look at everything INEC is responsible for, it is a huge array of responsibilities – from conducting elections, to voter education, to this and that. And we look at the fact that they would have to depend on volunteers they do not always have control over, all of the challenges they have, I think they are doing a pretty good job.”

“Obviously, there have been some re-runs where people have found fault with the results. I am not sure if you can put a lot of that on INEC. I think you have to put it on the candidates and the political parties.

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Have they been inciting violence, fraud? All the things I spoke out against in the general elections campaigns, I think there is a sense, and understandable that, well we don’t have to worry again about the 2015 elections until 2019. So, I will call on all candidates to make public commitments to non-violence, participation in fraud and manipulation or intimidation.

"I hope the media and civil society in Nigeria will continue to hold all candidates to very high standards,” he stated, at a press conference with select journalists at the American Embassy in Abuja, yesterday.

The American envoy also scored President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration very high. He, however, said if Nigeria’s economy must grow, the federal government must fix the power sector.

He said, “It is good that the expectations from Mr President are very high, but I think people should remember what he inherited. And in my opinion, I try to be neutral and balanced; I think Mr President and his team have done a good job in this first year.”

Continuing, Entwistle said, “he has done exactly what he said he would do. It’s clear that he has unleashed the investigative agencies to follow every evidence and information wherever it goes. I have been following the investigations of those arrested to see whether there is any evidence that they are politically motivated, I have not found any.


“I think there are cases where there might be a political angle to it, but there are also some real evidence to support the real case.

That’s something we follow very closely, just as you do. Narrow are the paths of investigations, making arrests, but what I hope Nigerians will follow very closely in the next few years is, as these cases go to court, how they are handled in court, how the courts do their job, how the government reacts when inevitably they would lose a case in court, what’s the reaction to that.

"All these are things that have to be observed and handled very carefully. But, the premise of your question is absolutely correct. In any country, it is easy for corruption cases to begin to spin out of control. I don’t see that happening here. I hope all Nigerians will follow that very closely, and if you see it, say it.”

Nigeria’s Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah,will lead Nigeria's trade delegation from Nigeria to London, for a four-day trade and investment road show which will hold between July 11 and 15, 2016.

The trade and investment road show, organised by the UK Trade & Investment, in collaboration with Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), will be attended by a group of officials from the Federal and State governments.


Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika and the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, John Howell  take questions from participants during a “Nigeria Open for Business” road show in London on Monday (11 July) organised by the UK Trade & Investment  in collaboration with Nigeria Investment Promotion Council.
They include the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, and his counterparts in the Agriculture & Rural Development Ministry, Audu Ogbeh;  Water Resources Minister, Suleiman Adamu as well as the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

The weeklong activity, which will open with an industry event tagged “Nigeria Open for Business”, will highlight business opportunities in the energy, agriculture, transport, solid minerals, ICT and infrastructure sectors to UK investors.

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In a press release made available to ForeignersInNigeria.com, organisers of the event said the main objective would be to create a platform for the Nigerian government to profile business opportunities to a UK audience, build relationships with international businesses, link into global value chains and establish links to development finance with the view to developing stronger commercial ties between Nigeria and UK.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika and the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, John Howell  take questions from participants during a “Nigeria Open for Business” road show in London on Monday (11 July) organised by the UK Trade & Investment  in collaboration with Nigeria Investment Promotion Council.
The Nigeria Open for Business event would feature keynote speeches by Mr. Enelamah and the UK Trade Envoy to Nigeria, John Howell as well as presentations from key UK government agencies, namely the UK Export Finance, Infrastructure and Projects Authority and multipliers.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British government department that helps UK-based companies of all sizes to grow and become more profitable by exporting their products and services.
UKTI also support all types of overseas businesses and business people to establish presence in the UK.

President of world football –governing body, FIFA, Mr. Gianni Infantino and the Secretary General, Ms Fatma Samoura will arrive Nigeria in a fortnight on a two –day working visit.

The Italian-Swiss, who was elected FIFA President at an extraordinary general assembly in Zurich on 26th February 2016, confirmed the trip following a meeting with NFF President Amaju Pinnick in Paris, France on Sunday.

“The FIFA President and Secretary General will arrive in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Sunday, 24th July on a two –day working visit to Nigeria,” Pinnick told thenff.com.

During the two –day visit, Infantino and Samoura will pay a courtesy call on His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, hold meeting with a legion of African FA presidents who are expected in Nigeria to join the NFF to receive the FIFA topshots and attend an evening session with Corporate Nigeria in Lagos.

FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino
The duo will also meet with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State before watching the finals of the NFF/ZENITH Bank Future Eagles Championship. A welcome dinner put together by the League Management Company and also attended by members of the diplomatic corps is on the cards.

At the one –hour meeting involving Infantino, Samoura and Pinnick on Sunday, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung spoke with the FIFA boss and expressed Nigeria’s readiness to welcome the FIFA team.

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, 54, was appointed FIFA Secretary General at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City on 12thMay. The Senegalese, who has wide experience working with the United Nations in several countries, is the first –ever woman to hold the position in FIFA’s 112 –year history.

A few days after her appointment, Samoura welcomed Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko, to a breakfast meeting at her UN office in Abuja.

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the outgoing Ambassador of Sweden to Nigeria, Svante Kilander, at the State House, Abuja.

He paid him the courtesy visit as he round up his service to the Nation. However, he came to Nigeria in the year 2012 and will have to leave in accordance to the usual Diplomatic tenure of four years. This can only be extended for reasons which has to be extremely important.


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In response to the greetings, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama acknowledged the importance of Sweden as a valuable partner to Nigeria.

President Buhari, however, bid him farewell and wish him all the best.

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As part of the efforts to achieve its mandate and in compliance with the requirements of the Public Procurement Act 2007, the agency invites proposals from reputable firms with proven experience to undertake the under-listed projects.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

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The first edition of COD United/AFC Bournemouth CST Summer Soccer Camp ended on Saturday, 9th of July, 2016 after five days of Premier League standard drills and training sessions led by two coaches from English Premier League side AFC Bournemouth, Coach Russell Beardsmore, a former Manchester United star player and Coach David Pudney who were joined by C.O.D United's specialist youth coaches.

A press release sent to Foreigners in Nigeria by COD United, stated that the Grand Finale which had eight demonstration sessions kicked off at 9am with the first session for kids between the ages of 3-5 years with the AFC Bournemouth coaches in charge of the sessions.

There were eight sessions in total featuring participants in various age groups; 3-5 years, 8-10 years, 10-12 years and 11-13 years and the sessions were rounded off with an All-star game between the COD United and Bournemouth, picked by their coaches.

Gifts and awards presentation followed immediately  with the CEO of C.O.D United, Shola Opaleye commending the kids and congratulating the parents.

He also said the camp will be the first in the series of many exciting activities that have been planned as C.O.D United and Bournemouth deepen their partnership.

Four exceptional participants were awarded scholarships into the C.O.D United Football Academy while every participant went home with a certificate of participation. 

Awards of commendation were also given to Coach Russell Beardsmore and David Pudney, the two coaches from AFC Bournemouth.

Coach Russell Beardsmore and David Pudney, the two coaches from AFC Bournemouth.

Kids with their scholarship awards

CEO of C.O.D United, Shola Opaleye with a coach from AFC Bournemouth

The United Kingdom Ambassador to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright took a working visit to Minna, the capital of Niger State.

A Tweet shared by the diplomat on his twitter handle @PaulTArkwright showed him taking pictures with locals during his visit.

He took pictures with some students and sang praises to Sheik Lemu for his efforts in providing adequate education for the locals.

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In the second tweet of his visit, he expressed the UK delight to support education in Nigeria.

The Rwanda High in Nigeria celebrates its 54th independence anniversary in style. The event took place in Abuja on July 4.

The country who is suriving from the aftermath of war invited guests of the embassy to celebrate with them at the embassy.

European Union (EU) Ambasador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Michel Arrion was a special guest at the event amongst other dignitaries from the Economic Community Of West African States  (ECOWAS) and the diplomatic community.

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EU Ambassador, Michel Arrion with some delegates from ECOWAS

The Embassy of Venezuela in Nigeria celebrates its 205th Independence anniversary on the Tuesday, July 5 at the Sheraton hotel, Abuja.

It was attended by dignitaries in Nigeria and across the diplomatic missions. A director at the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Okeke who represented the Foreign Affairs minister, Godfrey Onyeama delivered goodwill messages on his behalf.


A choir entertained the guests while the Head of Mission, Miguelangel Della Vecchia ushered in the guests with a warm welcome.

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Cutting of the Anniversary cake

Mrs Okeke, Foreign Affairs Minister representative

Joao Churro, MiguelAngel Vecchia a guest and the Ecuadorian Ambassador Mr.Leopoldo

Pretty ladies at the event

Djane, Latiwa Amato and a guest

Mrs. Okeke giving her speech

Other guests at the event

The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested a Chinese woman, Zhen Zhen, for allegedly setting ablaze a hotel in the State.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Badmos said July 5 at about 8pm, the suspect lodged with her boyfriend, Jian Feng, at Ernest Hotel at 28, Bamishile Street, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

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She added: “The suspect allegedly set ablaze somarts of Ernest Hotel while using hard substance in her room.”

Badmos said property, valued at about N24 million, were reported to have been destroyed in the fire.

Source: NAN


The Global Shea Alliance and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has signed a $13 million, five-year agreement to promote shea markets worldwide and improve sustainable production in Africa. 

This was contained in a press statement made available to FIN by the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.

According to the statement, under the Global Development Alliance, at least 40 warehouses will be constructed in Nigeria and 40 women’s groups will be formed and trained to manage those warehouses for shea collection and processing.

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“The shea industry is changing and companies, governments, and donors are investing more in sustainable production and improving the benefit to 16 million women collectors and processors,” says Moumouni Konate, President of the Global Shea Alliance.
“The goal of this critical partnership is to help women collectors and processors organize into cooperatives, obtain equipment and training, and improve the financial benefit from the sale of their products. 

Stronger and more profitable women’s groups will process more shea, improve quality, and protect the trees.”

During the Global Shea Alliance’s annual conference in Accra, Ghana, USAID/West Africa Mission Director Alex Deprez said, “We know well the benefits of increased trade for rural communities across Africa. 
The Global Shea Alliance is pioneering efforts to grow markets and improve the livelihoods of rural women and their families that stand at the base of the shea value chain.  We are proud to partner in these activities.”

The partnership will match up to $6.5 million in USAID funds with $6.5 million in private sector funding raised by the Global Shea Alliance to implement promotional and sustainability activities in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has expressed Nigeria's commitment to revive the Nigeria/Sierra Leone Joint Commission with a view to strengthening bilateral relations between their two countries.

The minister stated this when he met with a high-powered delegation from Sierra Leone led by Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Sierra Leone in Abuja.

Geoffrey Onyeama
The meeting  included discussions on the rescue of the senior Sierra Leonian diplomat who was kidnapped on the Abuja - Kaduna highway on 30 June 2016 and other matters of bilateral interest.

The Ministers exchanged views on global affairs including, notably, the reform of the United Nations Security Council which will be on the agenda of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union taking place in Kigali, Rwanda from 10 - 18 July 2016.

The Ministers took note of the current state of affairs in the Security Council reform effort and the multi-dimensional challenges in the process. 

They both underscored the need for greater solidarity among African countries in the reform effort.

The minister further expressed Nigeria's commitment to further maintain the long standing relations between Nigeria and Sierra Leone.


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