Foreign Affairs Committee to consider Boko Haram extremism and Ebola containment with Nigerian Ambassador

November 3rd, 2014 - Pat Breen

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade will tomorrow meet with newly appointed Ambassador of Nigeria to Ireland Dr Bolere Elizabeth Ketebu to consider issues of mutual interest between both countries

The meeting is likely to focus on the ongoing impact of the Boko Haram insurgency, the containment and elimination of an Ebola outbreak in Lagos earlier this year, and the development of trade links between Ireland and Nigeria.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen TD says: “The reprehensible actions of Boko Haram in kidnapping of over 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria six months ago are to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. As a Committee, we met Ambassador Ketebu’s predecessor in May and we look forward to hearing an update on the steps being taken by the Nigerian Government to bring about the safe release of the hostages. The meeting will also consider Nigeria’s success in containing the deadly Ebola virus, following an outbreak earlier in the year in Lagos.”

“The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Committee to discuss Nigeria’s emergence as a major regional economic player. According to 2013 GDP data, the country is now Africa’s largest economy. The discussion with Ambassador Ketebu is expected to consider the opportunities for Irish business to tap into the opportunities presented in this fast-growing market of 180 million people.”

The meeting commences tomorrow Tuesday 4 November at 12 noon in Committee Room 1, LH 2000. The meeting can be viewed online here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom1/.