Government of Canada says it has earmarked $119.250 million to support three African countries – Nigeria, Sudan and Somalia.
This was disclosed by Canada’s minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussein, while receiving Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi and his entourage to the country.
A statement by Moses Olafare, director of media and public affairs, Ooni’s Palace, copies of which were made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the Canadian minister was quoted as saying, “We are proactive as government when it comes to Africa.
“We recently announced a sum of $119.250 million as a relief fund to support Nigeria, Sudan and Somalia in addition to our Africa Immigration and Education flexible policy to encourage African students to study and work in Canada.”
The country however urged the Ooni to use his influence to rally support for Canada to secure membership of the Security Council in the United Nations.
The minister further explained: “Your Imperial Majesty, I receive you today on behalf of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Justin Pierre Trudeau with much happiness as you have come to celebrate the 150th Independence Anniversary with us.
“You have indeed redefined the Monarchy in Africa with your various progressive roles in the short time you have been on the throne.”
Responding, Oba Ogunwusi commended the government of Canada for making the country conducive for Nigerians and other Africans to live in, saying he was in the country to promote cultural exchange and strengthen the ties between the country and Africa.