Osinbajo departs for Abidjan to attend binational commission meeting

Osinbajo departs for Abidjan to attend binational commission meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will depart Abuja on Saturday, November 6, for Abidjan to attend the meeting of the Nigeria-Cote d’Ivoire Binational Commission.

Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, said the meeting would be the second edition.

The maiden edition of the meeting, which took place in Abuja in August 2013, led to the signing of six sectoral agreements as well as the establishment of Special Implementation Committees in both countries to monitor progress.

The second edition of the meeting will be co-chaired by Osinbajo as well as Ivorian Prime Minister, Patrick Achi.

The second round of the meeting is expected to lead to the signing of new agreements that will cover agriculture, digital economy, education, consular and immigration matters, as well as prevention of human trafficking, amongst other very important areas of collaboration.

The binational commission, which was established in 2013, is a reflection of the fraternal and cordial relations that exist between both countries regarded as the biggest economies in West Africa.

It is also a high-level strategic dialogue designed to deepen mutual cooperation in a number of social, economic, and political sectors, based on an agreement between two countries to implement specific cooperation agenda.

The Vice President will also hold a bilateral interaction with the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara before he returns to Abuja later on Saturday.

Osinbajo will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada; and the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says every Nigerian must work; to eliminate opportunities for crimes to happen as part of their constitutional roles in ensuring security.

Fashola made this known at Landmark Public Lecture organised by Yoruba Tennis Club in Lagos; on Friday, November 5, with a theme, “What can the President Do for Me?”

The minister, who noted that the President was not all-powerful, also said that everybody had the duty of ensuring security.

According to him, prevention is the best way to resolve the nation’s security challenges; but when not possible to prevent, all must work; to ensure that conflicts are resolved without lasting a day.

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“We must have a conflict mechanism resolution system; and in addition to that, we must eliminate the opportunities for crime to happen.

“This requires effort from the family unit; to the schools; religious institutions; and all levels of governments.
“How vigilant have we really been as a people?” he asked.

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