Pak­istan in­vite Nige­ri­ans to in­vest in its oil, gas sec­tor

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

The govern­ment of Pak­istan has called on Nige­rian in­vestors to come and in­vest in its oil and gas sec­tor.

Pak­istan min­is­ter of petroleum and nat­u­ral re­sources, Mr. Shahid K. Ab­basi, made the call yes­ter­day at the open­ing of the sec­ond ses­sion of the Nige­ri­aPak­istan joint min­is­te­rial com­mis­sion at the head­quar­ters of the Nige­rian min­istry of for­eign af­fairs in Abuja.

Ab­basi who is also the leader of the Pak­istan del­e­ga­tion to the meet­ing dis­closed that his coun­try is a large con­sumer of en­ergy adding that they are look­ing at im­port­ing oil and gas from Nigeria for its en­ergy use.

“We are look­ing at de­vel­op­ment of our oil and gas sec­tor to meet our en­ergy de­mand and we would like Nige­rian in­vestors to be part of it. We are also con­sid­er­ing ex­port­ing gas from Nigeria for our en­ergy use be­cause we see Nigeria as the best place and mar­ket to get the prod­uct from,” the min­is­ter said.

He noted that the chan­nel of the com­mis­sion has not been use for the ben­e­fit of the two coun­tries, hop­ing that the meet­ing which is meant to re-build the mori­bund bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween both coun­tries will achieve a lot in re­sus­ci­tat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­mis­sion.

Ear­lier in her wel­come re­mark, Min­is­ter of State 2 for For­eign Af­fairs, Prof. Vi­ola On­wuliri, said all bi­lat­eral is­sues are ex­pected to be dis­cussed at the meet­ing and that me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on var­i­ous as­pect of the re­la­tion will be dis­cussed and signed later this month when the Pak­istani pres­i­dent visit Nigeria.

She urged ex­perts at the meet­ing to en­gage in fruit­ful de­lib­er­a­tion that will fur­ther strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries and also ben­e­fit the people of the two coun­tries.

There will be dis­cus­sion on the is­sues of co­op­er­a­tion in eco­nomic, trade and in­vest­ment, petroleum re­sources, health sec­tor, higher ed­u­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal train­ing as well as in agri­cul­ture and agro al­lied mat­ters. The meet­ing which is the sec­ond of its kind in the his­tory of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween both coun­tries was last held 30 years ago.

Am­bas­sador Uche Joy Ogwu is the cur­rent Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Federal Repub­lic of Nigeria to the United Na­tions and the Pres­i­dent of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for the month of April as Nigeria as­sumes pres­i­dency of the coun­cil.

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