Turkey eyes road con­tracts, oth­ers in Nige­ria

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Okechukwu Nn­odim, Abuja

THe Repub­lic of Turkey is look­ing to in­crease its trade vol­ume in Nige­ria in road con­struc­tion and en­gi­neer­ing, the coun­try’s Min­is­ter of Trade, Rushar Pekan, has said.

Pekan, in com­pany with the Turk­ish Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Melih Ulueren, and some Turk­ish in­vestors, dis­closed this at the Fed­eral Min­istry of Works and Hous­ing dur­ing a courtesy visit to the Min­is­ter of Works and Hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola.

She said the pur­pose of the visit was to seek in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion with the FMWH, de­scrib­ing Nige­ria as one of the most im­por­tant coun­tries and the big­gest econ­omy in Africa.

Pekan told her host that Nige­ria had great po­ten­tial in road con­struc­tion and en­gi­neer­ing, adding that her coun­try was blessed with ex­perts in the re­spec­tive fields.

She there­fore urged the min­istry to con­sider Turk­ish in­vestors in the iden­ti­fied sec­tors.

Re­spond­ing, the Min­is­ter of State for Works and Hous­ing, Abubakar Aliyu, said there was a need for more col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Nige­ria and Turkey for the de­vel­op­ment of both coun­tries.

Aliyu, who re­ceived the Turk­ish min­is­ter and her team on be­half of Fashola, said, “In or­der to achieve suc­cess in our de­vel­op­ment since Nige­ria and Turkey have com­mon de­vel­op­ment goals, there is need to share knowl­edge in tech­no­log­i­cal in­vest­ment.

“We also need to col­lab­o­rate in en­gi­neer­ing de­sign and con­struc­tion for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing in­fra­struc­ture for de­vel­op­ment.”

He told his guests that the min­istry was will­ing to part­ner Turkey in the de­vel­op­ment of Green­field and brown­field projects, mass pro­duc­tion of af­ford­able hous­ing in se­lected cities, ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment and men­tor­ing in public pri­vate part­ner­ships.

Aliyu fur­ther noted that the FMWH was open to part­ner­ships with local and for­eign in­vestors in the con­struc­tion of roads across the coun­try.

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