Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, accompanied by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, among other State officials arrived at the Presidential Lounge of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja at 2.40p.m on Wednesday, ahead of UK Prime Minister, Theresa May’s visit to the state.
May, who had earlier in the day arrived in Nigeria and held closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, is expected to visit Salvation Army in Lagos and meet with victims of modern slavery during her three-hour stay in the nation’s commercial hub.
In Lagos, she will be received by Ambode, who in July hosted French President, Emmanuel Macron.
The British High Commission had on Monday said that Prime Minister, Theresa May’s visit to Africa would focus on renewed economic partnerships between UK and Africa and security issues.
May came to Nigeria from South Africa and would head to Kenya from Nigeria.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Paul Arkwright, at a news briefing in Abuja said that May’s visit would to explore investment opportunities and seek ways to tackle common security threats.
Arkwright said she would be the first British Prime Minister to visit Sub-Saharan Africa since 2013 and Nigeria since 2011.
He said: “We feel that we are a country looking at opportunities for the UK, looking at strengthening our partnerships with both traditional allies such as Nigeria.”
He confirmed that May would be travelling with a delegation comprising the ministers for trade and for Africa and about 30 business people.
He said: “That is because we are interested in trade with Africa, Nigeria but investment as well.
“UK is the second largest investor in Africa, we want to become the top investor in Africa; British companies are coming with prime minister to look at opportunities for investment and create jobs.”
He said that the aim was to explore ways that the UK could encourage people “staying in Nigeria and wipe out the scourge of trafficking”.