NIGERIA and Jamaica have pledged to strengthen collaboration against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and the High Commissioner of Jamaica to Nigeria Esmond Reid stated this in Abuja during a programme to commemorate the 50 years of diplomatic relations between the countries, which was established on 29 April 1970.
Onyeama lamented that the occasion is held against the backdrop of global catastrophe and disaster of COVID 19 pandemic that is devastating the whole world.
“It is really a source of great joy to celebrate this milestone against a sad backdrop. Nevertheless, throughout the year, we will be organising other events to mark this occasion and certainly, we would seek to work together to find a way to overcome this great scourge on humanity that is the COVID 19 pandemic,” Onyeama said.
The minister noted that 50 years of diplomatic relations between Nigerian and Jamaica is something both countries are proud of because the two countries share common blood ties, cultural and historical ties, trade and investment, technology, tourism and arts. Both counties, he added, also collaborate on multilateral levels being members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
“In the area of tourism, Jamaica is a world leader and this is one area that Nigeria more and more is very keen to get involved in. We will be looking at people-to-people contact, shared history and common route. It is only appropriate that we should be seeing more of each other and visiting each other’s countries. In the area of trade, we will like to see an increase in trade relations between our two countries and also greater cooperation in multilateral areas,” the minister said.
Onyeama added that this year, there would be all kinds of celebrations, which include the 4th Joint Commission and also trade commission between the two countries.
The Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was represented by Reid, said his country values the relationship with Nigeria and would continue to do so even now at this time the world is facing the global Coronavirus pandemic which is a big challenge.
He, however, said the COVID-19 is also an opportunity for both countries to become even more resilient and use it to demonstrate the opportunities for renewed cooperation.
Source- The Nation Online