Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians, OAN board chairman Yinka Dansalami told the Nigeria News Agency in New York that Nigerians in the United States “are politically aware and active” .
Mr. Dansalami said the Nigerian community has exceeded the minimum amount of $ 25,000 set for communities, noting that many communities in New York are still struggling to raise the minimum amount.
He said the Nigerian community is the most industrious community in New York City, urging them to capitalize on their strength to be united in their goals.
“We’re a relevant community, so let’s keep working together. We started with the election of the mayor of New York. We hope our candidate wins, ”he said.
“When Nigerians want to do something, they do it big. For example, some Nigerians who came together to raise funds for Eric Adams, they did it in style and they did well.
“What’s interesting is that Adams is now going to other communities and talking to them about what the Nigerian community has been up to.”
NAN’s New York correspondent reports that the Nigerian community organized a “2021 New York City Election fundraiser” for Adams on August 29.
Adams, at the event, pledged to establish a twinning agreement between New York and Lagos to boost economic development if he is elected mayor in the November ballot.
The Brooklyn Borough President said he visited Goree Island, Senegal, and struck a sister city agreement between the island and Brooklyn in 2018.
“We are going to do something specifically for the African continent. We will renew our relationship. We will now start a twinning agreement with all the major cities on the African continent, ” Adams said.
“We are going to Lagos to develop a relationship, we are going to develop the business culture, we are going to develop business education and we are going to exchange business interests.”
A twin city agreement means a long-term partnership between two communities in two countries that touches on cultural exchanges, economic development and other important areas.
Mr. Adams had at a virtual meeting hosted by the NAO and the Nigerian-American Public Affairs Committee, NAPAC, expressed his gratitude for their commitment to the Nigerian community.
Adams expressed his gratitude for the dedication of the Nigerian community which led to his emergence as the party’s standard bearer in the upcoming elections.
He announced that a transition team was being put in place ahead of the November 2 elections, noting that the Nigerian community would need to prepare its members to be part of the team.
The mayoral candidate is expected to win the election because New York has traditionally been a Democratic Party city and the party typically produces the mayor.
On June 5, the community approved Adams as the preferred candidate for city mayor for the general election after a series of debates with the candidates and consultations among Nigerians.
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