Nigeria signs major agreements with France

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

French President, Francois Holland and President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa Abuja.

Nigeria and France have signed a number of agreements on defence, cultural, scientific, technology, agriculture and electricity among other.

This was done today as President Francois Holland of France visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa Abuja.

The two leaders described relations between the two countries are being very excellent.

On security, France promised to assist Nigeria with equipment, training information exchange among others.

President Buhari told the French President that most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are the aged, women and children stating that 60 per cent of the children are orphans who neither know their parents nor where they come from.

Signing of agreements
The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema signed some of the agreements for Nigeria.

The Minister jointly signed the cultural, scientific and technical cooperation alongside the French Ambassador to Nigeria.

The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and the Executive Director, French Agency for Development Mrs Laurence Breton –Moyet signed agreements covering renewable energy, infrastructural development, and agriculture.

The two officials also signed another agreement on electricity worth $46.2 million.

Under the private sector, there was also a Memorandum of Understanding between Dansa Foods of Dangote Group and Nutriset of France put at about 5.6 million Euros signed by Mr Mohammed Sani Dangote, Executive Director, Dangote Group and Mrs Adeline Lescanne, the Director General, Nutriset.

A credit line for electricity distribution was also signed for electricity distribution between the President, Zenith Bank Mr Jim Ovia and Mrs Laurence Breton-Moyet, the Executive Director, French Development Agency.

The two leaders ended their talks with a resolve to make the relations between the two countries beneficial to their citizens.