- A Nigerian has been appointed as the consul of the Republic of the Philippines in Lagos
- The new envoy is Emmanuel Akpakwu, a notable sports administrator, entrepreneur and investor
- He is said to have had a business relationship with the southeast Asian country for over a decade
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The Republic of Philippines has appointed Emmanuel Akpakwu, a Nigerian as its consul to the its consulate in Lagos.
The new envoy is a notable sports administrator, entrepreneur and investor who has had a business relationship with the southeast Asian country for over a decade.
Performing the low key swearing-in ceremony at the Embassy in Abuja, the Philippines Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Shirley HO-Vicario, lauded the commitments of Mr Akpakwu in strengthening the ties between her country and Nigeria over the years.
“After this ceremony, when next you visit the Philippines, you shall no longer come as a visitor but as a Consul to the Republic of the Philippines in Lagos Nigeria,” she said.
She stressed on investments in areas of agriculture, technology, commerce and industries, as some of the mutual benefits of the new feat, to further strengthen the bilateral relationships between both countries.
“This role came in handy as the need to further explore commercial activities between Nigeria and The Philippines increased in the last decade,” she added.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Akpakwu promised to galvanize his age-long relationship with the people of Philippines to good use, in order to protect the relationship between the country and Nigerians in terms of agriculture, trade, investment and human rights.
Consul Akpakwu has since submitted his letter to the Nigerian minister of foreign affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.
The minister in his response harped on the opportunities of the office and how they could be maximized to benefit Nigerians in areas of trade and investment and also strengthen the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the Philippines.
A statement signed on Sunday, May 31 by Akpakwu's media aide, Israel Achichi, said his boss has accepted the offer and also resumed office, “with focus on making Nigeria and The Philippines home for entrepreneurs and business investors.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) recently announced that it received 1.2 million euros from the European Union for the provision of lifesaving preparedness and response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The humanitarian funding received will further the UN’s COVID-19 response in Nigeria, a statement from the global body noted.
The UN specifically stated that the funds will be used by engaging with communities on how to best protect themselves from the virus and providing essential health supplies where they are needed most
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