Mr Fayemi assures ambassadors in Nigeria of Nigerian governments’ help and cooperation.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board, and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has known as on Nigerians to rise to the defence of democracy in Nigeria with a view to advancing the event of the nation.
Mr Fayemi made the decision Tuesday in Abuja when he visited the Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Nicolas Simard, at his residence.
The go to by the NGF Chairman was a part of the Chairman’s shuttle diplomacy to representatives of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria, which is among the initiatives of the Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board’s secretariat in the direction of engendering inter-governmental synergy between international governments on the subnational degree.
Mr Fayemi’s visits on Monday took him to the residence of the Canadian ambassador to Nigeria, and the embassy of the Folks’s Republic of China and ended on the embassy of the Republic of South Africa.
In any respect the three conferences, Governor Fayemi mentioned problems with bilateral significance between the international locations and their governments on the subnational degree, together with residents engagements, financial progress of the federating states, youth mobilization and organisation, and girls’s empowerment.
Different points mentioned embody income era, the economic system, schooling, infrastructure improvement amongst many others.
Each the NGF Chairman and the Canadian ambassador agreed that organisations just like the NGF are one of the best platforms for wholesome debates with the central governments on points like restructuring, residents engagement and inside and exterior safety.
Mr Fayemi stated to advance improvement, it’s all the time higher to have interaction international locations of curiosity and their diplomatic representatives to share their understanding of occasions of their host international locations and study from the experiences of their previous.
Particularly, the NGF Chairman advised the Canadian ambassador that Nigeria has made “exceptional strides in gender equality with the Nigeria Governors’ Wives within the forefront and their husbands, the Governors, as cheer-leaders.”
Mr Fayemi disclosed that 27 states together with people who have been hitherto thought-about conservative, have signed the VAP Act, as proof of their dedication to mitigating violence in opposition to girls in our societies.
Mr Simard, who advised Mr Fayemi that he has solely been in Nigeria for six months, stated there are 12000 Nigerians in Canada, 5000 0f whom are college students including that there’s a $12m commerce relations between the 2 international locations.
Mr Simard disclosed that there are exceptional similarities between Canada and Nigeria and that Canada additionally skilled calls by secessionists that Nigeria is at present experiencing, and expressed willingness to assist Nigeria in understanding the right way to discover options to them.
On the embassy of the Folks’s Republic of China, the place he spoke with the ambassador, Cui Jian Chun, the NGF chairman criticised the death-trap diplomacy that has been wrapped across the dialog in most African international locations in terms of their relationship with China.
He assured the ambassador of the complete cooperation of Nigerian governments on the subnational degree.
Mr Fayemi additionally praised the vaccine diplomacy of the Chinese language authorities whereas welcoming any help that may assist Nigeria to develop its personal vaccines to assist increase the ratio of vaccinated individuals for Nigeria to realize herd immunity.
When he visited the South African embassy, the dialog revolved across the ENDSARS motion and the assistance the South African individuals might give Nigerian youths to have the ability to articulate their grievances in a non-violent method in the direction of reaching outcomes.
Each leaders suggested Nigerian youths to “organise and never agonise”.
The ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Nigeria, Thamsanqa Dennis Mseleku, mentioned three key points together with xenophobia, commerce and youth dialogue.
Ambassador Dennis Mseleku argued that the NGF is strategic to such conversations.