He said that the policy of isolation would no longer work anymore, adding that Africa is a global village and there is need to feed off of each other and enjoy a symbiotic relationship.
He added that there is a lot Sao Tome and Principe has to gain from Nigeria and vice versa.
He described Nigeria as very rich in terms of agriculture and had done a lot in terms of tourism with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about $355 million.
He said to him, it was something that should be tapped into, stressing that there was need to also tap into the strength of Nigeria population.
“A lot of things in today’s world are achieved through back channel discussions between parliaments of bilateral and multilateral parliamentary discussions.
“And I hope that our relationship would not be any different,” Gbajabiamila said.
President of the Sao Tome and Principe parliament, Delphim Santiago, said they would like to work with the parliament of Nigeria to bring more incentives to the free trade zone between the two countries.
He spoke Portuguese and it was interpreted to English by Jorge Correia.
“ I will look forward to working with Nigeria for the mutual benefit of both countries,” he said. (NAN)