Nigeria’s Consul-General in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija, says the New York City Mayor, Eric Leroy Adams, will arrive in Nigeria on Sunday for a two-day visit as part of his Africa tour.
Egopija in an interview made this known to News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in New York, stressing that the Mayor would be attending the meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum during the visit.
Speaking to NAN, he said, “He will be visiting the Minister of FCT to commence sister-city relationship between the city of Abuja and New York.”
“We have started an engagement on the need to have the sister-city relationship between the City of New York and the FCT.
“We want a situation whereby the city of Abuja and New York are able to partner in area of education, fire service, medical support and other social services.
“Also, cultural engagement, the Mayor has taken due note of my suggestion and said, the city would be willing to collaborate with the mission, especially as it relates to our desire to promote the ‘Seki Dance’.
“The Seki Dance troupe and America Tap dance have a similarity; the origin of America Tap dance has been attributed to come from Niger Delta region of Nigeria.’’
A sister-city or a twin town relationship is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically distinct localities aimed at promoting cultural and commercial ties.
According to the Consul-General, Eric Adams would also pay courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as meet with the business community in the FCT.
Egopija had in January briefed Adams, at a meeting of African Consuls-General, on areas of interest on the sister-city relationship with New York, NAN reports.