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Obaseki, Swedish Embassy Partner to Boost Skills Development in Edo


Joel Osaigbovo Aluge
Reporting, Benin City


The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said It’s a collaboration between the Edo State Government and the Swedish Embassy aimed at enhancing skills development and entrepreneurship in Edo State, Nigeria. The initiative likely involves various programs, such as vocational training, mentorship, access to resources, and possibly even financial support, to empower individuals and communities with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s economy. It’s a positive step towards fostering sustainable development and economic growth.

Obaseki, Swedish Embassy Partner to Boost Skills Development in Edo

It’s great to see such high-level engagement! It seems like a significant meeting between Magnus Englund, the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Annika Hahn-Englund, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Sara Ibru from the Swedish Embassy’s Trade and Investment Department, and Dr. Anthony Okungbowa, the Edo State Head of Service. These discussions and collaborations can pave the way for impactful initiatives in skills development and entrepreneurship, benefiting to Edo State

That’s a proactive approach from Governor Godwin Obaseki! Leveraging diplomatic and business ties with Sweden opens up avenues for a range of opportunities, from education and cultural exchange to entrepreneurship, especially for the youth in Edo State. It demonstrates a commitment to tapping into international partnerships for the benefit of local development and growth.

Governor Obaseki’s commendation of the Swedish delegation and recognition of Sweden’s creativity and innovation underscores the value he sees in the partnership. Edo State’s strategic location indeed positions it well for collaborations that can drive its developmental agenda forward. By partnering with the Swedish Government, Edo State can access expertise, technologies, and strategies that can contribute significantly to its growth and advancement. It’s an exciting prospect for both parties involved.

Obaseki, Swedish Embassy Partner to Boost Skills Development in Edo

It’s always a nice gesture to exchange souvenirs during such visits. These small tokens symbolize the goodwill and partnership between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Swedish Ambassador and Head of Mission to Nigeria, Annika Hahn-Englund, along with her husband Magnus. Such gestures strengthen the bond between the parties involved and reinforce the commitment to collaboration and mutual benefit.

Governor Obaseki’s mention of the past seven years of engagement highlights a sustained effort by his administration in various areas, including job placements and bilateral cooperation. Collaborations in education, cultural exchange, and migration management with partners like the European Union and IOM demonstrate a comprehensive approach to addressing key challenges and opportunities facing Edo State. This long-term engagement underscores a commitment to fostering sustainable development and enhancing the well-being of the state’s residents.

Ambassador Hahn-Englund’s statement highlights the purpose of the visit, which is to strengthen diplomatic and business ties between Sweden, the Edo State Government, and Nigeria as a whole. The presence of over forty Swedish companies offering services in various sectors such as transportation, energy, ICT, mining, and healthcare presents significant opportunities for collaboration and investment. This visit serves as a platform to explore and expand upon these existing ties for mutual benefit and shared prosperity.

Addressing the issue of irregular migration is a critical concern, and it’s commendable that the Swedish Government is seeking further collaboration in this area with the Edo State Government. By working together, they can develop strategies and initiatives to address the root causes of irregular migration, provide support for migrants, and create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods within the state. This collaborative approach reflects a shared commitment to finding effective solutions to a complex and pressing challenge.

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