The new High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to The Gambia, His Excellency Mohammed Manu, on Thursday presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency, President Adama Barrow during a ceremony held at the State House in Banjul.
During the presentation, H.E President Adama Barrow congratulated Mr Muhammed Manu and urged him to contribute to efforts geared towards further strengthening the already amicable relationship between the two countries. The President extended warm greetings to President Muhammadu Buhari through the High Commissioner and commended Nigeria for the long-standing support to The Gambia in various fields including the Judiciary, the Security Sector, Education, health and other socio-economic cooperation areas.
President Barrow also called on the New High Commissioner to drive efforts for further cooperation between the two countries in areas such as trade and tourism, stating that trade and tourism in The Gambia are two areas with untapped potential that Nigerians can explore.
The Gambian leader expressed appreciation for the pivotal role Nigeria continues to play in strengthening peace, stability and democracy in The Gambia. He reiterated that The Gambia and Nigeria share a lot in common with regards to diplomatic orientation at the regional and international levels and will continue to support each other for the benefit of their two governments and peoples. “My several visits and bilateral meetings during summits are indicative of the brotherly relations with President Buhari,” President Barrow stated.
Following his meeting with the President, His Excellency Manu told the media that his priority is to focus on further strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two nations, particularly in the areas of trade and investment, as well as security. He stated that The Gambia and The Federal Republic of Nigeria will continue to collaborate for the benefit of their respective peoples.
High Commissioner Muhammed Manu concluded by thanking President Barrow and his government for the warm reception accorded to him at the State House. He replaces H.E High Commissioner Oluwasegun Ibadapo-Obe who has completed his term of office in The Gambia.