Nigeria, Turkey trade hits $1.1b – Turkish President

Ben Adam Shemang, & Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

The Turkish President, Mr Tayyip Erdogan who is on an official visit to Nigeria has said that the volume of trade between the two countries is well over One billion US dollars.

He was speaking at a news conference after holding talks with the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

Statistics

“Turkey and Nigeria have a population of about 260 million people.  And it is an important market. Our total trade volume is one billion, one hundred and forty five billion American dollars.. Our export is $340m, import is $831m as you can see it favours Nigeria” Mr Erodogan explained.

With these statistics, the visiting president feels that the two countries will have a lot to benefit from working together.

If we combine forces making use of our respective means, we will come out better and stronger. We will like to invite Nigerian business people to invest in Turkey”, Mr Erdogan appealed.

On his part, the Nigerian president said Nigeria was happy with the training and equipment that country has given the Nigerian police.

Commenting on terrorism, President Buhari said the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi had a negative impact on a number of African countries.

“We also condoled each other in terms of terrorist’s activities of recent. And with what happened in Libya, a lot of our people from the Sahel region who were in the Libyan Armed Forces had to return home when the regime crumbled, with no skill other than how to shoot and kill… and development in Burkina Faso, Mali and north east of Nigeria show what we have suffered from the collapse of that regime

The very determined Nigerian leader said “we will refuse to be demoralized; we remained focused in terms of developing our countries, creating jobs for our people and maintaining security”

Buhari- Turkey delegatesPresident Tayyip Erdogan came into Nigeria with 150 investors who are willing to invest in various fields like agriculture, science and technology, construction of general infrastructure, among others.

Honorary Citizenship

In a related development, the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was conferred with a honorary citizenship of Abuja and presented with the key to the City.

turkey 2Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello, while conferring the honour on the visiting Turkey President described Abuja the country’s capital city as the symbol of national unity of the country.

The key to the city of Abuja confers on you the Honorary citizenship of Abuja, with all the rights and privileges”, the minister noted.

He added that the honour was bestowed on the visiting President as a mark of respect and to strengthen the cordial relationship between the people of Nigeria and Turkey.

Responding, the Turkey President, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauded the honour done to him by the Nigerian government.

The Visiting President noted that Nigeria and the Republic of Turkey had a long standing diplomatic relationship that would be further strengthened for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

We are in Nigeria to have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari on how to build a formidable relationship between Nigeria government and Turkey”, he disclosed.

He then presented a Turkey souvenir to the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello on behalf of his country.

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