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Germany is seeking better co-operation with Nigeria – Scholz

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

From: ABBA BASHIR; Abdullah Bello

Germany is seeking better co-operation with Nigeria in the fields of energy, security, migration, and economy to assist each other in achieving their goals.

The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, presented this proposition during a meeting with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja

The Chancellor stressed that apart from oil and gas, Nigeria had been blessed with all aspects of opportunities that would need to be improved upon and put to profitable use.

On recent coups in the West African sub-region, the German Chancellor said the trend was worrisome, noting that they are capable of destabilising peace.

Responding to the Chancellor’s proposition, President Tinubu said his administration would now be focused on its objectives, having won all litigation against his victory at the polls.

“The distraction is over. This gives us more time to focus on governance for the people and moving Nigeria forward for economic opportunities and prosperity that will defend democracy”, the President added.

Acknowledging the status of Germany as the largest economy in Europe, the President noted that co-operation with Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa, would yield enormous benefits for both countries.

“We are blessed with good environment, time of weather and blessed in terms of mineral resources. Our hydrocarbon industry is still fledging environmentally while we are moving towards the transition energy source.

I know Germany has advanced a lot in protecting the environment and modernising energy to meet the 21st century needs both of the world and Europe in particular. Nigeria is still crawling, but we are determined to change the narrative and bring about a transformative government in the country”, President Tinubu stated.

He sought partnership with Germany in education, power, mineral resources and other opportunities available.

The President told the German Chancellor that Nigeria was succeeding in fighting terrorism, but said more support is needed to finally thwart the advances of terrorists.

Later at a Government-to-Business Roundtable, President Tinubu has administration was reforming the country’s economic and business environment to promote efficiency.

“You might have read or been aware that we have removed oil subsidy, we’re going through tax reforms to eliminate double taxation and give you better returns on investments and there are principles that will ensure your investments grows well and is protected”, President Tinubu explained.

 

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