The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Monday in Benin expressed optimism that Nigeria will overcome its current economic and security challenges. Laing gave the assurance while delivering a speech at a state dinner organised in her honour.

According to her, “I am very confident that Nigeria will get through this difficult period, the economy is going through a challenging period of insecurity. I am a Nigeria optimist and I think Edo will lead the way in taking Nigeria through to where it should be. You have a governor that makes stuff happen and I am very impressive. I like the way he put education together and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), honestly you have incredible talents in Edo,” she said.

In his remarks, Gov. Godwin Obaseki thanked the British High Commissioner to Nigeria for the enormous support the state has enjoyed in the last few years. “I want to thank you for quite a lot of support that you’ve given us in last few years, particularly in the area of forestry and technology. We’ve gotten grants to support our initiatives and those grants have gone a long way to helping us stabilize and bring resources, particularly the technical assistance.”

“As we commence on our 30-years developmental plan, we expect to step up relations with countries like yours, we are very keen to deepening our relationship, particularly in the area of technical education. We are very keen in working with you as a technology country in the world to help us strengthen our strategy to become Nigeria’s Silicon Valley.”

“We want to thank you for the support we received from you in our fight against human trafficking and irregular migration. We made quite a bit of success before the COVID-19 outbreak created another impetus for people to migrate. In our new conversations about migration, we’re insisting that why we do everything to stop human trafficking and irregular migration, we must now collaborate and open doors for regular migration,” he said.

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