NIIA DG harps on rejigging National Value System

The Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, Peter Ryan has disclosed that Ireland remained committed to nurturing her bilateral relationship with Nigeria through viable collaborations at many fronts.

Amb. Ryan stated this yesterday at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Ambassadorial Forum on Nigeria-Ireland Relation held at NIIA Conference Chamber in Victoria Island, Lagos.

While shedding light on the similar experience trajectory of both nations in pre and post independence period, he described the relationship between Nigeria and Ireland as a real treasure worthy of nurturing.

“We’re having lots of new generations of Nigerians now in our business world and our cultural world and we are very proud of them.

“This is a real treasure for us and something that we’re going to nurture because I think we can go on to great things together by developing and using those people to keep the links,” he said.

Mr. Ryan said digital technology, trade and culture were natural areas for more collaboration between his country and Nigeria.

In his remarks , NIIA’s Director General, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, said Ireland had been a friend of Nigeria since independence.

He added that Nigeria was a huge market to one of Ireland’s biggest brands, Guinness , a pointer to both countries fruitful trade engagements.

While urging Ireland to be more deliberate on her bilateral relationship with Nigeria, Prof. Osaghae also reiterated the need for Nigeria to rejig her value system as it is an indispensable ingredient for nation building.

Viable approaches for a fruitful bilateral engagements were succinctly suggested by Prof.(Princess) Vivian Kosoko, Amb. Tunde Ajisomo, Prof. Adele Jinaudu, Prof. Femi Otunbajo and other scholars of International Relations.

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