Nigeria, UK agree to boost trade, economic cooperation
London, Oct. 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United Kingdom-Nigeria Economic Development Forum has said it is committed to the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.
The pledge was made in a communiqué jointly signed by Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, and the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for International Trade, Conor Burns, shortly after a bilateral meeting in London on Thursday.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the minister on Media, Julius Toba-Jegede, the two countries promised to work together to promote positive actions in the areas of trade standards, exchange of national goods and services in their respective markets.
In a similar development, the British Government and its Defense Council have pledged to assist the Nigerian Army by providing logistics to effectively prosecute the counter-Boko Haram insurgency war in the North-East.
The new Defence Adviser of the United Kingdom to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Warwick, gave the assurance when he led a delegation of the British High Commission to the Nigerian Army Headquarters on a courtesy call to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on Thursday.
The British Adviser noted that the Nigeria-British relationship was mutually beneficial and the two countries had a rich history of economic ties.
He said, “We are here basically to initiate discussions that will not only assist the Nigerian Army and other security agencies record a grand accomplishment in fighting insurgency, together with other security challenges and crimes, but also engage relevant stakeholders in the Nigerian government, to fast-track accelerated economic development for Nigeria.”
The army chief, Buratai, noted in his response that the military assistance and other necessary aids provided by the British government would continue to nurture the two countries’ mutual relationship.
This is just as the Nigerian Army said its troops arrested one of the top wanted Boko Haram commanders, Abdullahi Modu, who specialises in driving vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns.
The army said the commander was arrested alongside nine other members in Pulka, Borno State, during a clearance operation on October 9.