Nigerian Ambassador designate to Brazil, Vincent Okoredion, has appealed to the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe to replicate the tourism village in Abuja in his new station in Brazil.
Ambassador Vincent Okoredion specifically requested that the Nigerian village model be located in Salvador where Nigeria has a house in Bahia State, Brazil.
The Ambassador who was on a networking visit to the NTDC and other relevant government Agencies said, “I am delighted at the reception and quite impressed at the environment of the NTDC and its beautification. My appeal is that this be replicated in Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil.”
Ambassador Okoredion eulogized the ambience of the tourism village located at the old Federal Secretariat in Area 1, Abuja noting that it was one of the most beautiful government Parastatals in the country while stating that a reproduction of the model in Brazil with its attendant aesthetic accompaniment, will go a long way in boosting the overall profile of Nigeria in the south American country.
The envoy said, “Brazil has a population of 200 million with a black population of 6 percent; the Blacks in Brazil trace their roots to the Bight of Benin in West Africa and there is constant need to
renew links with their roots. I therefore seek ways of expanding cooperation between Nigeria and Brazil which will help to harness the opportunities that exist between both countries”
He said Brazil had signed a cultural agreement with Nigeria and that they were ready to implement it affirming that there were a lot of ways both countries can work together citing the Nigerian house in Brazil which the Ambassador noted can be self-sustaining when its utility is maximized to display Nigerian artifacts, sell Nigerian books and literature, stage Nigerian plays and more importantly, protect Nigerian cultures and values while generating revenue amongst other things.