Efforts are presently being intensified by the present administration in Trinidad and Tobago to review her bilateral relations with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with the view to strengthening same.High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Nyahuma M. Obika disclosed this while addressing newsmen during a courtesy visit on the leadership of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star at the BCS World Headquarters, Calabar during the weekend.
According to him, “the essence is to bridge the gap for the benefit of both Countries. It will reduce the cost of travelling and will represent the beginning of a new era between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago. The African continent is the fastest growing economy in the world. Anytime we are able to reunite Africa without passing through Europe and America, we know we are there. The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan recently visited my Country to witness the celebration of the end of slavery. The visit will open a new relationship between the both countries.”
Continuing, he described his Country as the strongest economy in the Caribbean region.
“Trinidad and Tobago is to the Caribbean region, what Nigeria is to West Africa. We have moved from a Petroleum-based economy to a gas-based economy. We are partnering with Nigeria. Presently, we have about 140 Nigerian Youths undergoing training in my Country under the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Amnesty programme.In November this year, a Joint Commission will be sitting in Nigeria to come up with new protocols that will guide our Bilateral relationship.”
Speaking on his visit to Leader Obu, he says, “My visit is to pay my respect to the Leader of Brotherhood, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu. I am here because I do recognize His Holiness. It is a fantastic opportunity for me. Brotherhood of the Cross and Star has done so much for the world. It has its presence in my Country.”
He however called for stronger ties between the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star and Trinidad and Tobago and the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star to enable her benefit from the abundance of spiritual and material blessings in the Fold.
Dignitaries present during the visit are: Royal Princess Ugomma Obu, The Dean, BCS College of Bishops, Bishop Bassey Imowo, The Bishop of Nigeria, Bishop (Hon) Samuel Akpan, BCS Director of Security, Bishop (Brig Gen.) Enang Essien, Bishop of Togo and Benin Republic, Bishop (Justice) Archibong, Bishop of Abuja, Bishop (Hon) Alex Ukam, Bishop of Rivers State, N.S.Boms, and Bishop of Nasarawa State, Bishop Sam Inok.Others are Christ Ambassador Uche Raymond and Elder (Pastor) Deji Ayinde.