The National Assembly has launched a group called Parliamentary Friendship Group with the Republic of South Korea with a view to deepening the relationship between the two countries.

Speaking at a dinner marking the group’s launch in Abuja, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives Emeka Ihedioha said the idea of establishing the group was to maintain and boost the solidarity that existed between both countries for decades.

While noting that Nigeria has always supported South Korea in its bid to be part of the United Nations Security Council, Ihedioha said the country would provide an enabling environment for both countries to further deepen their interests.

He commended the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) for its role in seeing that the friendship group came to fruition adding that it was a good omen for both countries.

In her remarks, Minister of State 1 for Foreign Affairs Prof Viola Onwuliri said Nigeria would continue to work together with the South Korean government, calling for peace in the Korean Peninsula.

On her part, NILS Director General Dr Ladi Hamalai called on the South Korean government to fulfill its promise of establishing vocational centres in Nigeria saying “our youth need to be engaged; we want your promises to be implemented and honoured.”
Responding, South Korean ambassador to Nigeria Choi Jong Hyum said already his country was building a vocational centre in Kogi State where youths would be trained on different trades which will be completed before the end of this year.

Giving an account of how the idea of launching the group came about, chairman House Committee on Justice, Rep Ali Ahmed (APC, Kwara), said it started in April last year when Nigerian parliamentarians visited some Asian countries adding that the mutual benefits for the group would come in the area of investments in different sectors of the economy.

Leader of the South Korean parliamentarians, Shin Hak Yong, while appreciating the group launch, said henceforth the two countries should be sending delegates to each other on a working visit after every two years.


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