UK To Support Nigeriaâ€™s Economic Stability
The government of United Kingdom (UK), who will be represented by the UKâ€™s Minister for Africa, Grant Shapps has pledged to support Nigeriaâ€™s stability and development at the start of his first visit to the country.
Grant Shapps commended UKâ€™s close relationship with Nigeria and set out how the two countries would work together to increase prosperity, trade and security.
During his visit he will meet with ministers and senior government officials, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno and the Kaduna and Lagos State Governors.
He will also see how the UKâ€™s investment in Nigeriaâ€™s solar energy market can provide a clean and reliable answer to the countryâ€™s problem of energy access.
Grant Shapps said: â€œThe UK has a strong relationship with Nigeria and we will continue to promote vital investment, tackle corruption and create a safer and more prosperous future for the country.
â€œFrom a trade relationship worth over Â£6 billion every year to our military cooperation against Boko Haram, Nigeria is a country whose security and prosperity truly matters to the UK.
â€œWith more than half of Nigeria currently living without electricity, it is vital that more people can access clean and reliable solar energy. Not only will this transform peopleâ€™s everyday lives, it is a tremendous opportunity for growth.
â€œI am determined that Britain will build on its close relationship with Nigeria by sharing our skills, knowledge expertise.â€
The UK is providing a comprehensive package of support to Nigeria, including expanded military training and intelligence cooperation, anti-corruption capacity building and investigative support, and an annual development programme worth Â£218 million, contributing to the increasing prosperity at the heart of a thriving trade relationship worth Â£6.1 billion per year.
Grant Shappsâ€™ visit follows a series of meetings between the UKâ€™s Prime Minister and President Buhari, most recently at the United Nations General Assembly, and the UK Foreign Secretaryâ€™s attendance at the Presidentâ€™s inauguration in May 2015.
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