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Nigeria in Diaspora contests city council election in Norway

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By Emeka Aginam

Effort to make Nigerians leaving in diaspora to be part of international polity has started yielding the expected result as a Nigeria born Norwegian Peter Obiora Nwafor, an IT consultant is set to win city council election for Christian Democratic Party in Bergen ,Norway’s second biggest city.

Speaking in a world press conference yesterday while unfolding his road-map, Nwafor, an Anambra indigene from Isuofia, in Aguata local government said that he was chosen by Christian Democratic Party to be the party’s prospective council candidate based on his promising resolve to make a difference in governance.

He assured that his mandate, if elected, would be to implement the party’s policies and programmes  accordingly. “ I was chosen by Christian Democratic Party to be the party’s prospective council candidate and was also popular for my campaign for inclusiveness, inclusive labor market with equal opportunities and rights for all.”

Continuing, he said that  his campaigns also encompassed a “strengthened bilingual education, good tuition for all; accepting more refugees in Bergen, increased resources for introduction of centers for refugees and immigrants, increase state housing allowance, support initiatives that gives children from poor families opportunity to participate in cost demanding activities, tax exemption and good working condition for volunteer organization among others” he explained.

Meanwhile, Norway is a country of about 5 million people, administratively divided into 19 counties (fylker) and a further 430 municipalities (kommuner). There are national elections in odd years, alternating between the national and the local levels. The national voting age is 18, but this year 20 municipalities will conduct an experiment with voting rights for 16 year old.

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