UK Minister visits Nigeria

The UK Minister for the Department for International Development (DFID), James Wharton, will visit Nigeria for the first time since his appointment. 
 
During his three day trip, Minister Wharton will hold meetings with Vice President Osinbajo, and representatives of Kaduna and Lagos State Governments.  He will use this visit to discuss the ongoing security and humanitarian challenges in the North East of the country, and observe the ways in which UK aid is being distributed in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross to transform lives of some of the most vulnerable people. To date, our funding to ICRC has helped to provide tens of thousands of people with critical support in areas including medical assistance, access to food and clean water, and support to rebuild their livelihoods
 
Speaking ahead of his visit, Minister Wharton said:
 
“The UK is committed to furthering its relationship with Nigeria and, as we move to seize the opportunities presented by leaving the European Union, we are all the more determined to work together on tackling big challenges facing the country – which is both in Nigeria and the UK’s interests.
 
“Nigeria’s success truly matters to the UK and to Africa as a whole. As an outward-looking, globally engaged nation, I want to deepen the broad range of support and assistance the UK provides Nigeria, including in health, education and economic reform.
 
“It is a tragedy that the conflict in North East Nigeria has left millions of people in urgent need of shelter, protection, food and emergency health care. On this visit I will be seeing for myself some of the humanitarian support from the British people going to those in such desperate need – helping to improve security and stability.”
 
As the UK Minister who oversees all development assistance in Africa, Minister Wharton will also visit a range of human development projects.  He will meet with staff and students of the Bridge Academy School in Lagos and will go to the Mile 12 Market to meet with retail and wholesale traders.  Minister Wharton will also discuss UK support for healthcare in Kaduna state.
 
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and one of its largest economies.  As such, Minister Wharton will use his time in the country to promote British business as a key partner in helping Nigeria achieve its huge potential.  He will meet with business leaders to discuss the importance of job creation, as well as viewing the important role agriculture has to play in Nigeria’s economic prosperity.
 
Minister Wharton will host a reception on youth politics and young parliamentarians, where he will meet with the Young Parliamentarians Group and Youngstars Foundation, in support of the “Not too young to run” campaign to increase access to public office for younger people.
 
 
Joe Abuku
PRESS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
British High Commission
19 Torrens Close Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234 (0)9462 2269 | FTN: 8214 2249
Mobile: +234 (0)803 727 6237
www.gov.uk/government/world/nigeria

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