Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), will depart Abuja to Canada on a 3-day working visit today.
This is the first high-level visit to Canada since 2000 when former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the country.
A recent statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, said the visit would deepen diplomatic ties between the two countries as Professor Osinbajo will meet the Canadian Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, other top parliamentarians and members of the Canadian government in Ottawa.
Part of the statement read: “During the 3-day visit, issues and events around educational collaboration, technology, creative industry and climate justice among others, will also feature.
“For instance, the Vice President will give a public lecture at the Queen’s University in Kingston on Wednesday. Established in 1841, Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive academic institutions and is famous for its role in advancing the goals of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
“Earlier, he will be received at the Ontario-based Carleton University, which has significant engagements and collaborations with some institutions in Nigeria, with ongoing efforts to deepen the mutual relationships around issues including research and curriculum development.”
Nigeria and Canada have maintained cordial bilateral relations over the years. Nigeria is Canada’s biggest trading partner in Africa and both countries also have a Bi-National Commission,
The Vice President will also meet with the leadership of the Nigerian community and representatives of the Canadian business community and investors, especially from the creative industry and technology, while in Canada.
Osinbajo will be back in Abuja later in the week.
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