BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, DECEMBER 23RD 2013 (CUOPM) – The strong ties between the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of Nigeria is being heralded.
Akwa Ibom Governor, His Excellency Chief Godswill Akpabio has lauded the strong ties between Nigeria and St. Kitts and Nevis when the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Her Excellency Ambassador Mrs. Astone Browne, paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Lodge, Uyo.
He said he was surprised to see about 300 Nigerian students who were studying medicine in the universities of St. Kitts.
The governor, who expressed delight over the strong ties between Nigeria and the country, however, identified discipline as a key factor in governance, stating “the starting point in governance is discipline, which we had brought into the state by transforming it through quality infrastructure.”
“So, all the structures of development we are doing today in the state is to show that governance can also work here and in Africa, and that is why the transformation of our state is termed ‘uncommon transformation’ due to the quality delivery of projects in the state.”
Welcoming them to the state, the Governor said he was happy to receive felicitations from the Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and from the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, stressing that the entire state was happy to receive them in the state.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mrs. Browne said that the visit to the state was to attend the Christmas carol night, which, she said, they got the invitation from the governor during his last visit to their country and said they accepted the invitation with great pleasure.
She applauded Governor Akpabio for touching the lives of their people during his last visit to their country, and commended him for transforming the state through quality infrastructure, describing him as a visionary leader.
Mrs. Browne, who is leading a 37-member choral delegation to perform at the state Christmas carol night, thanked the governor for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to them during their stay in the state, saying that they would do their best in strengthening the ties between their country, Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria.