Nigeria, Iran exploit areas of collaboration

The Nigerian Government has called on the Islamic Republic of Iran to establish businesses   in the areas of manufacturing, construction and railways.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr Chris Ngige, made the call after receiving the Iranian ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Morteza Rahim Zarchi, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Dr Ngige explained that the Ministry was already collaborating with the European Union and other countries to establish the International Migration Scheme where labour can easily be exported to other countries.

He also solicited the support of the Iranian government to assist Nigeria in the establishments of small and medium enterprises in the country for the benefit of its citizens.

The Labour Minister noted that, it would help in creating more jobs opportunities.

He also explained that both countries shared many things in common especially in the area of oil production, adding that both countries are members of the International Labour Organisation, (ILO).

“We thank you for the offer of cooperation that you extend to us in the area of vocational training and skill acquisition. I want to assured you that, we will exploit that area of offer”, the minister added.

The Iranian ambassador, Mr. Morteza Rahimi Zarchi hinted that his embassy in Nigeria was already pushing for a suitable place in the country to establish a vocational training centre in the country.

Commenting on the 2017 appropriation bill submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Zarchi explained that many countries found it difficult when submitting the budget in terms of jobs creation, noting that Iranian government will collaborate with the Nigerian government to address.

“I am for peace and the well being of Nigeria as we prepare for the festive season launching us into the New Year”, he emphasized.

The Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria stated that the relationship between both countries have been very cordial.

He said his visit to the Ministry of Labour and Productivity was aimed at improving existing bilateral relations between Nigeria and Iran.