New York City Mayor Eric Adams will arrive Nigeria on Sunday for a two-day visit as part of his tour to Africa. Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in New York.
Egopija said the mayor would be attending the Nigeria Governors’ Forum meeting in Abuja during the visit. “He will be visiting the Minister of FCT to commence sister city relationship between the city of Abuja and New York,’’ he said.
A sister city or a twin town relationship is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically distinct localities for the purpose of promoting cultural and commercial ties. According to him, Eric Adams will also be paying courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and also meet with business community in the FCT.
NAN reports that 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.
“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, which have similarity: the origin of America Tap dance has been attributed to come from Niger Delta region of Nigeria,’’ Egopija told NAN.