Nigerian ambassador poised to strengthen relations with Nigerian community

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The new Nigerian Ambassador to The Gambia, Olusegun Ibidaporbe, has reassured the Nigerian community in The Gambia of a cordial relationship between the embassy and the community.

Ambassador Ibidaporbe made this assurance at the ceremony, marking the departure of his predecessor, Mr David Oko JP of the Nigerian Embassy whose diplomatic mission ended in The Gambia.

The new Ambassador presided over his farewell ceremony, held at the University of The Gambia Faulty of Law in Kanifing, organised by the Nigerian community in The Gambia, in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy.

The new Nigerian Ambassador expressed gratitude for the cordial relationship and collaboration between the embassy and the Nigerian community in The Gambia.

“Most often, the embassy and the community are usually at loggerheads; I can tell you from experiences,” he said.  “It is not easy, but I will start a new chapter of cordiality and friendliness between the embassy and the Nigerian community.”

“I can assure you that we will do as much as we can to do exactly what Mr David Oko did, and if possible double it,” he added.

The ambassador spoke well of Mr Oko, saying he was “nice, proactive, compassionate, conscious and law-abiding.”

The president of the Nigerian community in The Gambia, Prince Chris Jukpor, said Mr Oko was selfless not only to the embassy, but to the Nigerian community in The Gambia as a whole.

“He is a man who made us proud, his achievement and selfless services rendered to the community are why we are here today,” he said at the ceremony, marking his departure to Nigeria.

“Mr Oko has been very productive and supportive to the Nigerian community; we still need him in The Gambia.  He is somebody who we cannot easily forget because of his good deeds,” president of the Nigerian community said.  

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh
Source: Picture: Ambassador Olusegun Ibidaporbe