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Nigeria’ll benefit from Brexit, says UK Envoy

By Boluwaji Obahopo

LOKOJA—The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, has said that with Brexit, Britain’s relationship with Nigeria will change for the better, as Britain will no longer be a parent to Nigeria, but a partner.

Arkwright, who stated this in Lokoja, yesterday, while delivering a lecture at the Federal University, Lokoja, FUL, on BREXIT: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities for Nigeria, also said the UK is not afraid to face the challenges of what Brexit will cause.

Speaking on Nigeria’s industrial drive, Arkwright said: “You have the Federal Government, state and local governments.

“You have human capital resources, you have the money. It is not the British that determine how you appropriate and spend these resources.

“In Nigeria, for every situation, the country will come up with two committees—different commissions— and commence many legs of addressing the situation.

“The problem is, it is only theoretical and nothing practical is done to addres such situation.”

He said UK is working towards releasing stolen funds lodged in their country by corrupt Nigerian leaders, saying Nigeria has to wait as there are legal processes involved.


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