On the fourth day of the UK-Nigeria trade mission to the UK was a visit to Birmingham, hosted by Lord Mayor of Birmingham, in the Council House. In her welcoming remarks, the Deputy Lord Mayor, who stood in for the Lord Mayor, thanked the organisers for choosing Birmingham City as one of its trade missions destination, and for bringing the trade delegates to Birmingham. She laid emphasis on the great potential the city is built on, leveraging on the opportunities of hosting the commonwealth games brought to the city, from reinvestment on infrastructure, to social regeneration, and economic growth. She noted that she was so excited to have a huge delegation from Nigeria visiting the city, and assured the delegation of an amazing experience while in Birmingham, of which she hopes to see a stronger future relationship between the city and Nigeria.
There were various speeches and contributions from Bar. Bashir the Director Legal Services of Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Engr. Mrs. Esther, Director Water Irrigation, Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitations, Prof. Mrs. Adesuyi of Agro-Allied Commodities Services, Nigeria, Mr. David Smith of BABA UK, Mr. Akande of Samis Cash &Carry Birmingham. Mr. Kunle Aderemi of InvestAfrica Media, proposed a joint working committee between, the city of Birmingham council, Cater and Merger, representatives of the delegation and the Nigeria High Commission, to come up with a good proposal for trade and investment cooperation between the city of Birmingham and Nigeria.
On the final note, the representatives of the Nigeria High Commissioner led by Mr. Bello Jaye, the Minister and Head Trade and Investment Section in the Nigeria High Commission, in his remarks thanked the Deputy Lord Mayor for taking time out to receive the delegation, he assured the Deputy Lord Mayor of stronger ties between the UK and Nigeria, and to a greater extent the city of Birmingham.
Presentation of gifts were done by representative of the Ministry of Water Resources and Water Basin Development Authority, Engr Saliu Ahmed and Prof. Mrs. Adesuyi of AgroAllied. The Deputy Lord Mayor presented the City of Birmingham plaque to the Nigeria High Commissioner and Nigeria as a symbol of future mutual relationship.