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Sanwo-Olu seeks equal partnership between Africa, UK

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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called for equal partnership between United Kingdom and African countries, saying it will aid genuine global development.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday.

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According to a statement, the summit is attended by African leaders, business chief executives and heads of international organisations to create partnership for investments and job opportunities.

The governor said his administration was committed to bringing new opportunities that would improve the lives of Lagos residents.

He said, “It is truly a function of who is a partner, who stands and sees you as a fellow partner, not behind, not in front, but standing right beside you and sees you and the challenges you have and asking ways which we can work together. So for me, those points truly suggest that we can begin to see true partnership come out of conversations like this.

“For us, it is to see what type of giver you are; are you seeing us as equal partners or master -to-servant relationship? At the end of the day, what we will be seeking to achieve is what is the greatest good for the greatest number? What are those additional benefits that we see and believe that have potential to improve the lives of our people?”

Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the summit was a major opportunity for Africans, said the state was open to transactions that would make Lagos better.

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The governor was said to have joined the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, for meetings on trade and investment.

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