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Synagogue: South Africa’s ANC Commends Lagos Govt On Coroner’s Inquest

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 at 7:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ifeoma Ononye, Lagos


South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has commended the Lagos State government’s stance of the Coroner’s Inquest verdict on the September 12, 2014 building collapse at the headquarters of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun, Lagos.

The party, through a group of members led by the treasurer-general, Dr. Zwelini Mkhize, gave the commendation on Friday while paying a courtesy visit on the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

Speaking at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Mkhize expressed appreciation to the state government for its effort in ensuring that the South African nationals who were involved in the incident were repatriated for burial.

“We do appreciate this relationship; we must say that we are very pleased to learn of your decision in terms of the Synagogue disaster in Lagos last year.

“Certainly, while we all appreciate the assistance that you made to ensure that all of the victims were repatriated back to South Africa, we would continue to support whatever work is being done on your side,” Mkhize said.

Mkhize explained further that the aim of the visit was to seek ways to strengthen bi-lateral trade between South Africa and Nigeria.

He said the trade level between both countries was currently on a high, adding that both countries stand to benefit from each other in terms of trade and investments.

Ambode on his part reiterated his commitment to boosting trade relations with South Africa. He described the visit as “a brotherhood meeting”.

The governor listed the areas of cooperation to include strengthening of security towards building a safer Lagos, which would not only safeguard investments but would also attract new businesses into the state.

“We have established Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, so that we can strengthen bi-lateral relationship. We need more investors to come into Lagos so that we can create employment and grow our GDP.

“Whatever it is you think we can do to increase investors from South Africa, we are ready to talk. We hope you would also create the same platform for businessmen from Nigeria who do business in South Africa,” he said.

The governor also promised to commit to the existing relationship between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ANC, saying both have common ideology.

“We have so much to learn from ANC and we have so much to give in terms of the dynamics we (APC) have brought to the political landscape. We believe strongly that we need to do some inter-party visitation and relationship,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, chairman of the APC in Lagos, Henry Ajomale, said the history of the ANC and its iconic leader, the late Nelson Mandela, is deep-rooted, and the two parties can benefit from each other on all fronts.

“Let me respectfully acknowledge our leader, late Nelson Mandela. He is a man very respected in Nigeria. Those days, during the struggle, some of us carried placards during the struggle to free South Africa,” he said.