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FG to strengthen ties with India on environment

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The Federal Government says it will strengthen bilateral ties with India, especially in renewable energy, sustainable development and related areas.

Minister of Environment, Hassan Zarma, stated this when the new Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abhay Thakur, paid a courtesy visit yesterday to his office in Abuja. He re-affirmed the existing healthy bilateral relationship between Nigeria and India, which he stressed benefited both countries in education, health and economic development.

According to him, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has just ratified the International Solar Alliance, and expressed optimism that the president would soon append his signature.He, therefore, observed that Nigeria was bedevilled with a lot of ecological challenges that require support and assistance from countries that had already tackled those challenges, requesting support to address bio-safety in the country.

Earlier, Mr. Thakur had said that both countries always enjoyed healthy and strategic cooperation, with some Indian teachers and doctors even taking permanent residence in Nigeria.“It is very encouraging to note that the relationship between our two countries dates back to three to four generations, with our doctors and teachers contributing their quota to Nigeria’s healthcare and education,” Thakur said.

He, therefore, called for renewed cooperation and collaboration between the two countries, as Nigeria has the highest population in Africa, and India, with a staggering population of over 900 million, is world’s third most populous nation.

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on renewable energy between the two countries will be signed soon. There is need for both countries to synergise and speak with one voice on global environmental issues,” he added.


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