Boris Johnson says new UK Embassy to strengthen ties with Nigeria
by LAIDE AKINBOADE-ORIERE
August 31, 2017 | 2:55 pm| | | Start Conversation
British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, commissioned the new United Kingdom diplomatic complex in Abuja, which according to him, would further strengthen the growing relationship between the two countries.
Unveiling the complex, which houses the country’s embassy, Thursday morning, Johnson said it signified the growing relationship between the Commonwealth pair.
According to him, “It gives me great pleasure to open this wonderful, new, super, collosal British High Commission in the Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. United Kingdom
“It would further strengthen the British diplomatic ties with Nigeria.”
He said the new building is a symbol of UK’s long-term commitment to Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the new British High Commission, located at Plot 1157, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, started construction in 2014.
It provides a single platform for all the UK-based and locally engaged staff working across Her Majesty’s Government (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and Home Office.
Over 100 Britons and 164 locally-engaged staff will work from the new building.
Before diplomatic staff started moving into the new building six weeks ago, activities were conducted at the official residence of the British Ambassador to Nigeria in Maitama.
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