Ireland’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Peter Ryan, has reiterated Ireland’s commitment to deeper technology exchange with Nigeria.
He also said that through the work of the European Union and Ireland in Nigeria, they are contributing to the development of a more prosperous, safe and secure Nigeria.
He said this yesterday at the Ambassadorial Forum held by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on the theme of “Nigeria-Ireland Relations”.
He stated that there are huge opportunities for advancement in Nigeria, adding that Nigeria’s journey somehow mirrors theirs as an independent nation.
“I see the resilience, creativity and innovation of the Nigerian public. The European headquarters of most of the technology equipment and services used worldwide is Ireland. Nigeria and Ireland are known for being creative and technology is a good place for more collaboration, especially among young people,” he said.
He said that Nigeria is the largest African diaspora in Ireland and said the country has seen an increase in the new generation of Nigerians, especially in their business and cultural space and island treasures, and intends to nurture them.
Speaking on peace, he stressed that the world cannot tackle global challenges, conflicts, climate change and food insecurity without an effective, robust United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
He said the Security Council remains a central institution at the heart of the multilateral system.
Director General, NIIA, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, said that the Ambassadors Forum was established to deepen the arena of cooperation, association and relationship between Nigeria and other countries.
He added that the dialogue can be expected to expand and strengthen relations at every level.
“At the civilian level, we have heard that Ireland is strong in sports, education, culture and Ireland is now more involved in the development sector in Nigeria.
“One of the lessons we can learn is that peace is at the heart of Ireland’s relations with the rest of the world. It’s great to work with them,” he says.