Czech Republic strengthens ties with Nigeria

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Martin Tlapa and Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Czech Republic has commended Nigeria’s sustained fight against terrorism and the successful conduct of the election that brought President Muhammadu Buhari into office.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European country, Mr Martin Tlapa gave the commendation at the Presidential Villa Abuja, after paying a courtesy visit on Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

“We highly appreciate how the 2015 election was organized in Nigeria. The country is showing tremendous efforts in fighting terrorism and we will support that. We will help Nigeria to fight boko haram,” he said.

Strengthening ties
The Deputy Minister said the visit would be used to strengthen ties with Nigeria in the agricultural and defence sectors and many more.

“It’s an important visit for us, we had discussion about terrorism, how to fight together to end it. The other issue is that of improving our business relations. We are here with 24 companies that will help assist in agriculture, defence and pharmaceutical industries and also the water treatment industry. It is a very important visit to us,” he emphasized.

Mr Tlapa further said Czech Republic would help industrialize Nigeria, as he listed some of the benefits of his trip to the West African nation.

“This visit can help to industrialise Nigeria in many sectors. We are the country with the highest GDP among the European countries and we would like to transfer our knowledge here,” the Deputy Minister said.