Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left Nigeria on Sunday for a three-day official visit to Canada.
His spokesman, Laolu Akande, said in a statement on Sunday that this would be the first high-level visit by a Nigerian leader to Canada since President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the North American country in 2000.
The visit, according to Akande, will strengthen diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Canada.
On Monday, the vice-president will meet with Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s deputy prime minister, and other top parliamentarians and members of the Canadian government in Ottawa.
Among the issues and events that will be covered during the visit are educational collaboration, technology, the creative industry, and climate justice.
“For instance, the Vice President will give a public lecture at the Queen’s University in Kingston on Wednesday. Established in 1841, Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive academic institutions and is famous for its role in advancing the goals of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development,” the statement reads.
Among the issues and events that will be covered during the visit are educational collaboration, technology, the creative industry, and climate justice. Osinbajo is scheduled to deliver a public lecture at Queen’s University in Kingston on Wednesday.
Prior to his public lecture at Queen’s, Osinbajo will be welcomed at Carleton University in Ontario, “which has significant engagements and collaborations with some educational institutions in Nigeria, with ongoing efforts to deepen mutual relationships around issues such as research and curriculum development.”
According to Akande, Osinbajo will also meet with the Nigerian community’s leadership, including Nollywood actors and notable Canadian government officials of Nigerian origin.
He will also meet with members of the Canadian business community and investors, particularly from the creative and technology sectors.
The vice-president is expected to return to Abuja later this week.