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British Ministers visit Osinbajo, pledge assistance in tackling Corruption & Insurgency

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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Secretary for International Development Priti Patel on Thursday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in continuation of their official visit to Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Johnson said United Kingdom is ready to assist Nigeria in humanitarian development and military fronts.

“This is an incredible place. It is the power house of the African economy. We are here with Nigeria every step of the way,” he stated.

The envoy said the delegation had fruitful meeting with Osinbajo and looked forward to better relationship with Nigeria

“We had a very good meeting with the Vice President and I want to stress that the reason we had two cabinet ministers in Nigeria today is that we attach immense importance to this relationship. Today we discussed it with the Vice President and his ministers. We discussed some of the contributions the UK can make on the military front, on the humanitarian side and the development aid side,” he added.

Also speaking Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, said the she was satisfied with the outcome of the meetings the delegation held with the Vice President and other Nigerian officials s in the past two days.

She said the United Kingdom always viewed Nigeria as a partner.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and the strength of the UK relationship with Nigeria on all aspects including the diversification and development going on in the country.’’

Patel said the meeting with the ministers focused on the future and the strengthening of the relationship between the two countries.

She added that the interaction was to put forward the incentives to help create the right environment for investments, especially British investment in Nigeria.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the meeting covered the three priority areas of the government: security, fight against corruption and the economy.

“They have been here, and Maiduguri. The UK is partnering us in facing our security challenges and global threats by terrorists. And of course, UK is engaged with us in the anti-corruption crusade that we embarked upon and very importantly also with regard to the economy,’’ Onyeama said.

He added that the UK Secretary of State for International Development has been looking into the areas that both countries could increase the partnership in the economic field.

Also Udoma Udo Udoma, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, said the administration was happy to receive the UK top officials.

“We are very happy to receive the two ministers, we are very happy to know their commitment to continue to work with Nigeria. In particular we are very happy to note that some of their businesses and investors might be interested in investing in Nigeria. So, we would welcome investments, we have tried to make things easy for investors, so we are looking forward to that,’’ Udoma added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

4 Comments

  1. Adetoro A Akinseye

    August 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    What I would like to know is what are we giving the UK in exchange because nothing goes for nothing! What are we seceding to them

  2. Tracy Edward

    August 31, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Good thing. God bless Nigeria in Jesus Namen Amen. Nigeria is a great country and Nigerians should come togther and make Nigeria GREAT AGAIN, Amen.

  3. Tatafo

    September 1, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Hmmm. The slave ship has just docked because the real threat they have always felt is the ibos. Trying to preserve their stronghold on the south’s oil at all cost. hmmm.

  4. Bowl

    September 1, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Many thanks Tatafo . We are like this because the entire civilized West fears the Ibos

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