Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has left the shores of Nigeria for ottawa Canada for a three day national assignment.
Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,Laolu Akande disclosed through a statement signed and released by him.
Akande made it known that Osinbajo’s visit will be the first high-level visit by a Nigerian leader to Canada since 2000 when President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the North American nation.
The statement is titled ‘Osinbajo heads to Canada in first high-level visit in two decades.’
The statement reads in part “The visit will deepen diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Canada as Prof. Osinbajo will meet the Canadian Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and other top parliamentarians and members of the Canadian government in Ottawa, tomorrow.
“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,” the statement read in part.
Before delivering his public lecture, the Vice President 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.
Osinbajo is expected to meet the leadership of the Nigerian community, including from Nollywood and notable Canadian government officials of Nigerian descent
He will also meet with representatives of the Canadian business community and investors especially from the creative industry and technology.
Nigeria and Canada have over the years maintained cordial bilateral relationships. As Canada’s largest trading partner in Africa, Nigeria holds a Bi-National Commission, the only one of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Osinbajo will head back to the country on Wednesday after his official visit to Canada would have ended.