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German legislators arrive Nigeria

Mr Jochen Flasbarth

A delegation of legislators from Germany accompanied by the President of the country’s Federal Environmental Agency will arrive in Lagos this weekend.

A statement from the Consulate-General of Germany in Lagos stated that the delegation headed by a Parliamentarian, Mr Uwe Kekeritz, ‘’is the first for a long time to visit Nigeria’s former capital and now flourishing economic and cultural hub of the country and beyond.’’

The statement further read, ‘’the delegation will visit Eko Atlantic City site, obtain information about problems of coastal erosion due to climate change and man-made interventions; visit Beachland Estate at Ibadan, the nucleus of the German community, and stilted settlements on the banks of the Lagos Lagoon.

’’Furthermore, the delegation will visit EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access), dealing  with financial inclusion and micro-banking, funded among others by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The German MPs among them, highly African interested and experienced Mr Hartmut Fischer too, will meet with persons active in the cultural sector, research scholarship holders of Alexander- von-Humboldt Foundation and members of the German business community.

’On a reception hosted in their honour by Consul-General Walter von den Driesch, they will also meet with members of the Lagos State House of Assembly and members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps in Lagos as well as the media.

’’It has to be noted that at the same time, Mr Jochen Flasbarth, president of German Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) will sojourn in Lagos, later in Ibadan and Abuja, on a lecture tour.

The delegation will meet with members of the German corporate community before heading for Abuja for talks with the Federal  Government,’’ and top officials of the National Assembly (parliamentary).

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