NIGERIA–SOUTH AFRICA SET FOR A ROBUST ECONOMIC DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

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As part of renewed commitment towards bolstering stronger ties between Nigeria and South Africa, Mr. Abdul Malik Ahmed, newly appointed Consul-General of Nigeria to Johannesburg, has promised to set a fresh agenda in resuscitating the economic, bilateral and diplomatic relations between both countries.

While receiving his letter of commission from the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja, Mr. Ahmed said that his appointment will improve service delivery and also reposition the country’s mission for effective discharge of its mandate in South Africa.

He also gave his reassurance on leveraging on the complementarities between the two economic giants, with special focus on the telecom industry, Agriculture, Mining and Solid minerals.

On the frequent xenophobic attacks which has beclouded the warm fraternal relations between Nigeria and South- Africa in recent times, Mr. Ahmed pledged to pursue the implementation of the recently agreed early warning mechanism which will help avert future clashes between citizenries of both countries.

The newly appointed Consul-General further thanked the Honourable Minister and the Federal government for finding him worthy of the appointment; as he hope to achieve the country’s objectives through a robust engagement with key stake holders in South Africa, the business sector on both sides and the Nigeria community residing in the country.

A seasoned diplomat and administrator, Mr. Abdul Malik before his appointment had served in various capacity in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at Nigerian Missions in Cameroon, France and the Lake Chad Basin Commission-Multinational Joint Task Force (LCBC-MNJTF).

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