Niogeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Abba-Ibrahim, has asked for assistance from Russian firms and farmers to help Nigerian farmers how to improve the agricultural sector through modern technology so that it can stop importing wheat from Russia.
Abba-Ibrahim, who was represented by Baba Garba, Director for European Affairs at the foreign ministry, said this at the fourth Nigeria-Russia Joint Commission meeting here which ended last Friday.
“We import a lot of wheat from Russia and we are telling Russia that this has to stop. We want the Russian companies and farmers to come to Nigeria to show us how we can grow our agriculture sector with modern technology,” she said.
The Russian delegation was led by Dianov Alexandar Yurievich, deputy head of the Russian mission in Nigeria. The meeting was aimed at fostering relations between the two countries which had remained cordial over time.
“Russia has always been in support of Nigeria at different international fora, it has been in support of Nigeria in the area of fighting terrorism,” she said.
Abba-Ibrahim said the meeting considered various areas of co-operation, including solid minerals, atomic energy, trade, power, works and housing, transportation, petroleum, communication, water resources, defence, agriculture and health.
She said Russian companies had expressed interest in investing in some areas of the Nigerian economy, especially in pursuing the diversification of the economy through mining, agriculture, among others.
“We have two agreements on military cooperation which we have negotiated and are likely to be signed very soon. They are on technical cooperation, training and purchase of modern military equipment at a moderate prices than going into the international market,” she said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.