The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Kjemprud Jens-Petter on Wednesday said that Norwegians would continue to see their children as symbols of a better future.
Jens-Petter told newsmen in Lagos ahead of the Celebration Norwegian Constitution Day in Nigeria that children would continue to occupy their rightful place in Norway.
The ambassador said that the celebration, every May 17, was carried out with children parading the streets with their school and national flags.
“Tomorrow, May 17, is the Norwegian Constitution Day, which was established in 1814.
“This constitution is now the living constitution in Europe, and the second longest living constitution in the world.
“This day is quite a huge day in Norway. Every Norwegian is on the streets celebrating with children from before school and those who are yet to finish their secondary education.
“Because of how much we see our children as symbols of the future, we do not engage in military special parades other than these children parade across streets waving flags, “he said.
Jens-Petter said that the decision to also celebrate the Day in Lagos and Abuja was to further strengthen the existing ties between Nigeria and Norway in the years ahead.
According to him, there has been continuous growth in Nigeria and Norway’s economic ties, especially in oil and gas, shipping and renewable energy sectors.
He said that both countries had gone from the limited stockfish importation to extensive increase in trade and Investments.
Jens-Petter also disclosed that there was a Norwegian Seafood Council in Nigeria for promoting fishery products exchanges between Nigeria and Norway.
He said that his government was looking at the possibility of supporting Nigeria in the development of aquaculture industry so that Nigeria could satisfy her domestic demand.
The ambassador said that the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution Day in Abuja on Thursday, May 17 was expected to attract about 1000 Nigerians.
“We strongly believe that the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution Day in Nigeria will foster closer relationship between Nigerian and Norwegian companies.
“We also know that this celebration will also provide opportunity for our embassy to explain a little more of Norway to Nigerians, “he said.