South Africa’s Consul-General in Lagos, Darkey Africa, has expressed his country’s readiness to partner with Lagos State on its 50th year anniversary.
The Consul-General stated this yesterday while speaking with reporters when he visited the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, in his office at Alausa, Ikeja.
The diplomat explained that Nigeria and Africa shared so many things in common, adding that the relationship would have to be strengthened.
He said: “We partner for the benefit of the two cities. We know that Lagos is celebrating its 50 years anniversary. We wish all the people of Lagos the best as they celebrate; we will be there to support the city.
Sharing his experience in Lagos, Africa said: “It is wonderful. As Africans, we enhance people to people in interaction so that the two countries can benefit. But, we can also build more collaboration between the people of the two countries.”
The Consul-General added: “We thought it is necessary to come and make a visit to the Speaker as we do with the governor and because we are hosted here by Lagos State.
“We also want the people to know why we are here and what we can do together within the context of our bilateral relationship. We are here to say to the Speaker, South Africa is ready to do business in Lagos State and to share experience in relation to government matters.”
Obasa said South Africa and Nigeria needs to chart a common path to portray the good image of Africa.
The Speaker said: “We are big brothers in Africa. We need to chart a path to improve our GDPs; a path of peace to end insecurity. We should take advantage of our relationship to work on the interest of Africa. We also need to collaborate on legislative business. It is a relationship that we must cherish”.
Obasa assured the diplomat and interested investors from South Africa of a better security in Lagos, saying the Neighbourhood Safety Agency law that was signed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was aimed at guaranteeing security of lives and property.