UK re­it­er­ates sup­port for Nige­ria’s se­cu­rity, energy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

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.

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