The National, Thursday October 24th, 2013
NIGERIAN High Commissioner to the country Ayoola Lawrence Olukanni has assured PNG he will strive to improve trade and economic relationship between the two countries and promote social and cultural ties.
Olukanni yesterday presented his credentials to Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio at Government House in Port Moresby, where he said he would ensure there was common interest and mutual benefits.
“During the period of internship as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, I shall strive hard to improve relations between our two countries, foster trade and economic links and promote social and cultural ties,” he said.
“The two countries have common interests and mutual benefits to gain from our brotherly countries’ bilateral cooperation,” he said.
Sir Michael welcomed Nigeria’s assurances by inviting the African nation to invest in PNG’s growing and promising economy.
“As a developing nation, PNG’s abundant natural resources should be viewed by any potential investor from Nigeria as opportunities of this century and they should endeavour to join other international bidders, including governments or the private sector, to invest in Papua New Guinea.
“In light of this, I encourage and welcome investors from Nigeria to our key economic and social sectors like petroleum, mining, infrastructure, power generation, small-scale manufacturing, technical training, health, agriculture, youth and education,” he said.
Both leaders promised to continue to engage in the Commonwealth or UN supported programmes and develop new levels of cooperation to address peace, sustainable environment, eradicate unhuman treatment and encourage economic and social growth.