Arole Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II CFR met with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on the need to foster more trade and business relationship between Nigeria and Uganda.
Ooni of Ife, who is on a 7-day working visit to the Republic of Uganda, made a case for more investment and economic stability across Africa while celebrating the wedding anniversary of the President and his wife at the State House in Entebbe.
He noted that Traditional rulers and their institutions across Africa should bridge the gap between the populace and the government, as they act as catalysts for change influencing socio-cultural development and economic emancipation within their domain.
According to him, when the general populace is happy with the policies of the government with enough investment in infrastructural deficit, creation of Jobs and employment, ease of doing business, and investment in education, healthcare, and social amenities it will further rekindle the strong hope the people have in a democracy.
He said, “it is interesting to be here and also to celebrate with his Excellency on the occasion of his wedding anniversary. As a traditional leader and the Progenitor of the Oduduwa race, it is essential to speak on the need for peace and economic liberation among Africans. As leaders, we need to prioritize our people’s welfare and also have it in mind that there can never be a leader without followers.”
“I want to thank President Museveni for prioritizing his people and speaking in one voice with other African leaders on issues affecting the growth of Africa. Africa must rise to the task ahead and maintain a stable economy. As leaders, we must promote more trade activities among ourselves and also give room for more investment to drive the change so Africa can be self-sufficient in all ways.”
“The borderless African continent is an unexploited asset that is critical to unlocking the economic potential of African countries.
The vision of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is one of the flagships for the continent’s shared wealth and economic boom. It is a game changer that can provide a tariff-free framework that should have been in existence since 1957 when Ghana became the first African country to achieve independence from colonial rule. It is time to build the “Africa that We Want,” not as a slogan, but as an epic movement that restores Africa’s honor, pride, and reverence, from aid to trade.”
On his part, President Museveni thanked the traditional ruler for honoring his invitation, adding that he is ready to partner with Nigeria to drive more trade and investment opportunities to Uganda.
“We Ugandans are open to more partnerships. We are open to synergizing with you and the Nigerian people. We are brothers and we are bound by one ideology as Africans so we must always remain one regardless of anything that happens. My door is always open for you and your team. We will work with you and ensure a robust bilateral relationship between Uganda and Nigeria.”
Olori Temitope Ogunwusi and Alara of Ilara-Epe kingdom Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo were on the Ooni’s entourage.
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