UK reiterates support for Nigeria’s security, energy
The United Kingdom (UK) has reiterated its commitment to assist Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
It also pledged to support Nigeria’s power system through investments in Nigeria’s solar energy market.
According to a statement by Press Officer, British High Commission in Abuja, Joe Abuku, the UK Minister for Africa, Grant Shapps, disclosed this upon arriving Abuja.
The statement said Shapps’ visit followed series of meetings between the UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron and President Muhammadu Buhari, most recently at the United Nations General Assembly, and the UK Foreign Secretary’s attendance at the President’s inauguration in May 2015.
Abuku also disclosed that Shapps would meet with ministers and senior government officials, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno and the Kaduna and Lagos State governors.
Abuku quoted the minister as saying: “The UK has a strong relationship with Nigeria and we will continue to promote vital investment, tackle corruption and create a safer and more prosperous future for the country.
“From a trade relationship worth over £6 billion every year to our military cooperation against Boko Haram, Nigeria is a country whose security and prosperity truly matters to the UK,” the statement added.
From left; Alhaji Ahmed Joda; Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa; National President, Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA), Dr. Umar Abdulmutallab; and the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Arch. Barnabas Balabantex, at the 2015 annual dinner/lecture of Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA), at the Hassan Usman Katsina House, Kaduna, Saturday.