Envoy Lists Gains of Nigeria-Canadian Ties

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Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Chris Cooter, Wednesday lauded the close ties between his country and Nigeria that have led to shared benefits between the two nations.

Cooter, who spoke during a courtesy visit to THISDAY corporate head office in Lagos, said the cooperation between  the two countries was felt more in  the  education sector.

He explained that thousands of Nigerian students were studying in Canada, while Canada-trained teachers are working in 30 out of the 36 states in Nigeria.

In terms of technological assistance, the envoy pointed out that employees of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) were currently in Canada for training to enhance their efficiency.

Besides, the Canadian High Commission has been partnering the federal government to bring investors to the country.

While acknowledging Canada’s involvement in Nigeria’s power sector, he pointed out that Nigerian farmers were in Canada to get agricultural tools for modern and mechanised farming.

Culturally, the envoy stated that through Canada’s growth in the movies industry, with its recent globally-acclaimed film festival, Nigerian artistes were also being helped in post production of its local films.

He said through Nigeria-Canada Bi-national Commission, Canada was able to fund young entrepreneurs in relevant sectors of the economy.

He added that the country had also been involved in human rights, peace projects in Jos, Plateau State and electoral process with its $6 million donation to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2011.

On Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the envoy said fighting terrorism had always been a herculean task, adding that it has been difficult to tame terrorism not only in Nigeria, but globally.

He , however, said Canada would assist the federal government in any way it could to end insurgency in Nigeria.

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