UK Minister Vicky Ford To Visit Nigeria For Security, Economic Engagement

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The UK Minister for Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Vicky Ford, will visit Nigeria this week.

This was made known in a statement by the British High Commission in Nigeria.

According to the statement, “The visit follows the UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership Dialogue in London earlier this month, at which the UK and Nigeria agreed to strengthen cooperation in a range of areas including military cooperation, counter terrorism, civilian policing, protecting human rights and recognising the important role of women in achieving sustainable peace.”

The statement also noted that the visit will take forward ongoing efforts by both countries to build on the UK-Nigeria partnership and strengthen strong security, anti-corruption and economic ties.

While in Nigeria, Minister Vicky Ford, will meet with the federal government, state governors, civil society groups as well as religion and business leaders.

Ahead of her visit, Vicky Ford MP said: “I am looking forward to being in Nigeria for the first time. Nigeria is a valued friend and partner of the UK; a country with whom we want to forge still closer ties, including on trade, development, economic, environmental and security issues.”

“The minister looks forward to announcing millions of pounds of new UK investments in support of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, sign an MoU related to anti-corruption, which will further strengthen the UK-Nigeria partnership in this area.

“Through meetings with civil society, government, the media and political leaders, the minister will explore a range of topics from electoral reform, to climate change following COP26 and human rights.

“And promote efforts to educate girls, empower women and end gender based violence and address humanitarian needs in North-East Nigeria,” the statement added.

 

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