The Canadian high commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. James Christoff says his country is looking at the possibility of having a strong relationship with Osun state especially in the areas of trade and cultural opportunities that abound in Osun state over the years.
Mr. Christoff, made the disclosure during a courtesy call alongside members of his delegation on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja I, in his palace.
The Canadian high Commissioner used the opportunity to explain to the royal father that one of the reasons for the visit is to explore the rich cultural heritage of Osun State with a view to showcasing it to the larger world.
While thanking the frontline monarch and his chief, the envoy expressed the desire to also have a talk with the Governor of Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke during which important discussions on trade relationship, talent and business opportunities with Canada would take the front burner.
Responding, the oni of Ife ,Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi appreciated the Canadians just as he disclosed that Yoruba Culture is valued and loved so much all over the world in such a way that ,Ile Ife,which unarguably is the cradle of Yoruba race and civilisation is respected and cherished by all and sundry .
Osun state Commissioner for culture and Tourism, Mr Bankole Ojo while welcoming the visiting team stated that Osun State Governor , Senator Ademola Adelekes is a lover of Culture and Tourism and will as a matter of fact welcome the window of opportunity of entering into a warm and cordial relationship with the people and government of Canada.
There were goodwill messages by Mrs Olapeju Sigismund Oke and Queen Aderonke Ademiluyi Ogunwusi who all expressed happiness over the business and cultural relationship that is about ensuing between Osun state and government of Canada on the other hand .
Earlier the team visited Osun Osogbo groove and accompanied by the commissioner for culture and Tourism Mr Bankole Ojo and the management team of the Ministry led by its Permanent Secretary , Mrs Adebimpe Ogunlumade