The High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria, Clifford Maribe, last week presented his diplomatic credentials to the Nigerian government.
A communiqu├® from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation states that the letter of credence was received by Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, as President Yar Adua is presently out of Nigeria.
When he was appointed as Botswana’s first High Commissioner to Nigeria, Maribe expressed optimism that he would be able to seek out opportunities of trade and other relations with Nigeria.
With a population of 140 million people, Nigeria is a potential market for Botswana products. It has a number of established professionals, such as doctors, who can also help develop Botswana’s professional pool.
Before presenting his credentials, Maribe met a number of government officials and other envoys, among them former Nigerian diplomats who served in Botswana. The Botswana mission in Nigeria has a staff compliment of four Batswana and 12 Nigerians.
The establishment of the Nigerian High Commission will also prove to be a gateway to other West African countries, like Ghana, where Botswana has a sizeable number of students.
President Yar Adua has been in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment for the last two months.