The United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Vicky Ford, will visit Nigeria this week in her first visit to the country.

According to a statement released by the British High Commission, the
visit follows the UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership Dialogue
in London earlier this month, at which the UK and Nigeria agreed to
strengthen cooperation in a range of areas including military
cooperation, counter terrorism, civilian policing, protecting human rights
and recognising the important role of women in achieving sustainable

The Statement also noted that the visit will take forward ongoing efforts
by both countries to build on the UK Nigeria partnership and strengthen
strong security, anti-corruption and economic ties.

While in Nigeria, the Minister will have meetings with the Federal
Government of Nigeria, State Governors as well as faith leaders, civil
society and business leaders to explore a range of topics from electoral
reform, to climate change, human rights and promote efforts to educate
girls, empower women and end gender based violence in Nigeria.