THE Queen of England, Elizabeth 11, has lauded President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda, promising that United Kingdom would continue to support the country’s socio-economic development, because Nigeria remains an integral role model to the UK comity of countries.
The queen also said Britain would support President Jonathan’s administration in preparation for the forthcoming centenary celebration, because of its significant history in shaping Nigeria’s political, socio- economic development and cultural development efforts.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Andrew Pocock, who spoke on behalf of the queen at the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) Presidential Dinner and awards night in Lagos at the weekend, said Nigeria has remained an integral ally of the British government, noting that about two million Nigerians are currently living in Britain.
He said the British government was satisfied with the ongoing transformation agenda and what it has achieved so far, stressing that stability in Nigeria’s economy and political landscape remains the focal agenda of the British administration.
According to Pocock, the British High Commission in Nigeria would continue to support, in terms of visa issuance, Nigerian who wants to travel to the UK on legitimate business trips, adding that Nigerians have helped to shape the UK’s economic growth in all ramifications.
Pocock commended Nigeria’s strides, especially in the education and oil and gas sectors, which he described as key indices in UK’s economic development.
On the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), the diplomat said the initiative would continue to offer its expertise by helping UK-based companies to succeed in the global economy, especially in Nigeria.
He stressed that the agency would work closely with the UK and Nigerian businesses to enhance the bilateral trading relationship.
The event witnessed the investiture of the NBCC’s 13th President, Prince Adeyemi Adefulu and installation of Pocock, Nigerian High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida; Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, as patrons.
In his acceptance speech, Adefulu pledged to work with all the stakeholders and relevant agencies to ensure further growth of the chamber, adding that the chamber’s development is priority of his administration.