OrderPaperToday – The Minister of Budget and National Planning, SenatorUdoma Udo Udoma has said Nigeria and India have a lot to benefit from each other through development cooperation.
India has a lot to tap from Nigeria’s potentials while the latter has lot to learn from the former’s successes in the areas of technology, particularly rail and power, as well as human capital development.
Senator Udoma told this to the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr AbhayThakur, who visited him in Abuja on Thursday.
The Minister, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media & Communication) Akpandem James, explained that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is focused on bridging the infrastructure gap in the country, particularly transportation and power infrastructure; and is very desirous of creating avenues to lift majority of Nigerians out of poverty through agriculture and other empowerment programmes.
He said President Buhari has a vision and dream of connecting every city and town in Nigeria with standard gauge rail lines; and Nigeria would stand to benefit from India’s experience as well as assistance in achieving the goal in the rail sector. “This is an area we will like to collaborate with you to see how we can tap from India’s experience,” he added.
Reporting by Sunday Oguche