Nigeria and India establish joint technical Commission

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo hosts his Indian counterpart, Mr Mohammed Ansari (R) in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigeria and India are to establish a joint technical commission that will enhance collaboration between the two countries.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who hosted his Indian counterpart in Abuja, said that the relationship between Nigeria and India could further be strengthened through the proposed joint technical committee.

“In working out the areas of collaboration between us, it’s also important that we establish this joint commission, which will be the way forward and we certainly look forward to establishing that within the very shortest possible time,” Professor Osinbajo said.

Acknowledging the steady progress India has made in various fields globally, he stated that Nigeria was looking up to the Asian country for support in the fields of Agriculture, Science and Technology among others.

The Indian Vice President, Mr Mohammed Ansari says his country holds Nigeria in high esteem as its strategic partner.

Elevating relationship
“Nigeria and India are strong partners and it is important that we continue to engage with new ideas and concrete proposals to evaluate this relationship and elevate it to the next higher level,”
 Mr Ansari stated.

He expressed appreciation to the Nigerian government for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage while on a 3-day working visit.

Talks on Peace and security
The bilateral talks between the two countries centred on peace and security, economic and consular matters.

The highpoint of the event was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on trade between the two countries. The Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment, Mrs Aisha Abubakar signed for Nigeria while the Indian Minister of State for Finance, Mr Gangaram Meghwal signed for his country.

A letter of intent was also signed. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sola Enikanolaiye signed for Nigeria and the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Nagabushana Reddy signed for India.

Mercy Chukwudiebere