It was an insightful late afternoon meeting, when Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Wife of the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, hosted Sir Richard Gozney, former British High Commissioner to Nigeria and distinguished career diplomat, at her residence in Abuja. Sir Gozney was accompanied by the Honourable Kate Osamor, Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom; and Mrs Dawn Spetale, Chief Financial Officer of Green Park.
The discussions centered mainly around Mrs Saraki’s work with the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), an NGO she started over a decade ago, to improve livelihoods of Nigerians, especially women and children. Hon. Osamor particularly praised Mrs Saraki for her passion; hardwork; dedication to saving lives; and her belief in the innate potential for Nigerians, and indeed all citizens of the world, to attain their true potential. She also spoke about how all of WBFA’s activities speak to her roles in the British parliament, as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, on the Official Opposition frontbench. Hon. Osamor also spoke glowingly of her Nigerian roots, and how much of an opportunity she sees in Mrs Saraki and her work, to improve the wellbeing of Nigerians.
On her part, Mrs Saraki thanked Sir Gozney, Hon. Osamor and Mrs Spetale, for visiting, again. She spoke about how influential the British government has been in advancing development around the world, especially through the work of the Department for International Development (DfID) in Nigeria. She assured her visitors of her unending passion to see that maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality become a thing of the past, not only in Nigeria, but across the sub-Saharan Africa region.