The European Union (EU) gave President Bola Tinubu’s government assurances on Friday in Abuja that it will continue to support its development policies and initiatives.
Rita Laranjinha, the union’s managing director of external action service, revealed the support when she informed vice president Kashim Shettima about the next ministerial dialogue, which is set for October 19, according to NAN.
Rits said that she was in the nation before to the Ministerial Dialogue with Nigerian authorities, and she promised that the EU will keep looking for new areas of cooperation.
“The EU Mission Vice President will preside over this Ministerial Dialogue.
“He is scheduled to meet with Nigerian government representatives in order to assess the current state of the EU-Nigeria partnership in many domains and strategize its future.
“It was evident today that there is still a great deal of work to be done in the relationship, even if there are many shared interests.
“Nigeria is important to the region, the continent, and the world, and the EU wants to ensure that Nigeria will choose us as a partner.”
She commended the vice president for his assistance and stated that the European Union team was determined to collaborate closely with Nigeria in the areas of energy, commerce, investments, digitalization, peace, and security.
Shettima reaffirmed Nigeria’s will to remain receptive to effective initiatives as she welcomed the delegation to the Presidential Villa.
He went on to say that President Tinubu’s foreign policy directives still placed the highest priority on relationships that benefit both parties.
Notwithstanding its share of difficulties at the moment, he insisted that the Tinubu government is still a breath of new air.
“The country will rise from the ashes of despair and soar, just like a phoenix.” Because of our Domino effect, if you assist us, we will support not only West Africa but the entire African continent.
“Our true goal is to reorient this nation. This country is blessed by God. Our abundant human resources and half of our arable and fertile land have not been fully used.
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“We are prepared to collaborate with the European Union in carrying out projects and initiatives that will benefit Nigerians in both directions.”
Shettima urged the EU to work with the Tinubu government to create jobs in the digital sphere while expressing worry about challenges related to migration.
He went on to say that the eight-point Tinubu government plan and the EU agenda mesh flawlessly.