Saraki urges closer ties between Nigeria and Colombia

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 30 March 2016 | 2,188 times

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President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called for collaboration between Nigeria and Colombia, in order to improve diplomatic ties and enhance democratic governance in both countries.

Saraki who made the call today in his office at the National Assembly, when he received a parliamentary delegation from Colombia, led by Senator Edinson Delgado, said: “We are happy that you are here. I believe your visit will further strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Colombia,” adding that that the National Assembly is open to relationships with other parliaments across the globe, to broaden its legislative experience and knowledge of its lawmakers.

While noting that Nigeria and Colombia have a long-standing relationship that needs to be oiled and improved upon for mutual benefits, he called for strong investment in the Nigeria economy by Colombian investors.

“For many years, lots of opportunities have not been harnessed by both countries in spite of the fact that Nigeria and Colombia have a lot of things in common. Here in Nigeria, we have two chambers just like you have in Colombia. We are identical. We must build on this relationship and that is why I am encouraged by this visit, particularly at this period of diversification of our economy,” Saraki said.

The Senate President extended invitation to the parliament of Colombia for cooperation and exchange of programmes that would improve the quality of lawmaking in both countries.

Earlier, the leader of the Colombian delegation called for mutual cooperation between his country and Nigeria for mutual diplomatic and economic benefits.

Senator Delgado said the team which comprised Colombian businessmen and investors was in Nigeria on a three-city tour of Lagos, Yola and Port Harcourt to foster partnerships and explore opportunities with a focus on commerce, industry and agriculture between both countries.

He promised to work hard to improve the economic and parliamentary relationship between Colombia and Nigeria.

“We are keen to strengthen our diplomatic relationship and establish basic opportunities between our two countries.”

•Photo shows Senate President Saraki.

Source: News Express

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