Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, Peter Ryan has reiterated Ireland’s commitment towards deeper technological exchange with Nigeria. He also said that through the European Union and Ireland’s work in Nigeria, they are contributing to the development of a more prosperous, secure and safe Nigeria. He said this during the Ambassadorial Forum, held by Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) themed “Nigeria -Ireland Relations”, yesterday. He stated that there is huge opportunity for progress in Nigeria, adding that Nigeria’s journey somehow reflects theirs as an independent nation. “I see the resilience, creativity and innovation of the Nigerian public. The European headquarters of most technological equipment and services used globally is Ireland. Nigeria and Ireland are known as creatives and technology is a good place for greater collaboration especially among the youths,” he said. Saying that Nigeria is the largest African diaspora in Ireland, he said the nation has seen an increase in the new generation of Nigerians, especially in their business and cultural space and Island treasures and intends to nurture them. Speaking on peace, he emphasised that the world cannot address global challenges, conflict, climate change, and food insecurity, without an effective robust United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He said the Security Council remained a pivotal institution at the heart of the multilateral system. Director General, NIIA, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, said the ambassadorial forum has been created to deepen the arena of cooperation, association and relationship between Nigeria and other countries. He added that from the dialogue, one could expect that the relations would expand and be strengthened at every level. “At citizen level, we have heard that Ireland is strong in areas of sports, education, culture and Ireland is now more strongly involved in the development sector in Nigeria. “One of the lessons we can learn is that peace is central to Ireland’s relations with the rest of the world. It is a great thing to partner with them,” he said.
June 22, 2023
June 22, 2023