Lagos To Sign Twin-City Agreement With Cairo
Apr 8, 2009 - Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, is to sign a twin-city agreement with the city of Cairo, the Egyptian capital in a relationship which is expected to enable the two cities explore and exploit their similarities and potentials for the benefit of their citizens.
The agreement, which details are already being worked out, is also expected to ignite healthy competitions in the area of development between the two cities, a situation which, in turn, is expected to entrench the essence of good governance and deliver service to the citizens of both cities.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), who gave vent to the agreement in Cairo, Egypt while on a working visit to the Governor of Cairo, Dr. Abdel Azim Mussa Wazir at the weekend, said Lagos would gladly embrace the agreement as a platform for delivering quality service to the people.
Governor Fashola, who was in Egypt on the invitation of the Joint Venture Partners of El-Sewedy Group, known world-wide for the production of transformers, metres and cables and who are currently building a factory in Badagry Lagos, however, said the two cities have so much in common such as population which, according to him, is not very different from each other and the historic roles they both played in the modern civilization of Africa”.
“I must say that our two cities, Cairo and Lagos, are very historic cities, historic for commerce and for the great roles they have played in modern civilization of Africa. Lagos is historic for her role as a trading port for the Portuguese from around the 17th Century and Cairo for the role she has played in modern civilization Architecture”, the Governor said.
Still highlighting the similarities between the two cities, Governor Fashola declared, “Just as the River Nile is a very historic asset of Cairo, Lagos is blessed with so many creeks and lagoons, and especially the Atlantic Ocean which serves as a major tourist centre just as the Nile serves Egypt”.
“We also have so many other areas we can share experiences. Our populations are not too different, dense populations, major trading centres and our objective as a government now is to make Lagos a major mega-city for Africa”, Governor Fashola said, adding, “I wish to sound very friendly warning that Cairo may take second place by the time we finish in Lagos”.
The Governor suggested that the agreement be sign in Lagos as soon as the details are worked out saying it would provide him a welcome opportunity to host the Governor of Cairo in Lagos. Drawing attention to the fact that both governors are Lawyers by profession, Governor Fashola declared, “I think it is a very interesting coincidence that Cairo has a Lawyer as Governor and Lagos also has a Lawyer as Governor. I think that the progress and development that both cities have made are not unconnected with quality of leadership that has been provided”.
Thanking the Governor of Cairo and other organizations in that country which had earlier hosted him and his entourage, Governor Fashola reiterated, “Healthy competitions among cities would entrench the essence of leadership and entrench good governance and deliver service to the people on whose behalf we all exercise authority”
Earlier, while welcoming Governor Fashola to his office, Governor Mussa Wazir expressed his joy in meeting with his Lagos counterpart and his delegation and hoped that the Twin-city Agreement would further strengthen the existing relationship between Nigeria and Egypt.
Governor Wazir, who did a short review of the relationship between Nigeria and Egypt declared, “Both countries have been in good relationship for a long time”, adding that the agreement would foster even greater and more beneficial relationship between the two countries. The Cairo Governor had earlier expressed regrets that he could not host Governor Fashola to a reception or tour because he had been very busy with his official engagement in Cairo.
Also with Governor Fashola on the courtesy visit were the Nigerian Ambassador to Egypt, Ambassador Sani Lawal Mohasmmed, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze, Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Olusola Oworu and the Permanent Secretary Works and Infrastructure, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ajayi among other State Government functionaries.