President Buhari invites Qatar to come and invest in Nigeria.
Qatar willing to do a lot more with Nigeria, and will continue to work on investment opportunities of mutual benefit.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on Tuesday met at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the nation’s capital to discuss issues of mutual benefits between the two countries which included Investments in sectors like petroleum, power, aviation, agriculture, railways, among others.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement stated that President Buhari and his guest also discussed the recharge of Lake Chad with water from the Congo Basin to provide succour to the more than 30 million people adversely affected by the shrinkage of the lake over the years.
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During the meeting, President Buhari invited his country to invest in our refineries, pipelines, power sector, aviation, agriculture, education, and many others so that they can have your management here to oversee the investment, adding that Nigeria needed their expertise.
According to Buhari, the receding Lake Chad needs has over 30 million people affected, more than half were in Nigeria, and it has contributed greatly to illegal migration, as innumerable youths dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, in order to find safer shores in Europe.
“A large number die in the process. We need help with the recharge of Lake Chad, as it is not a project that the concerned countries can handle alone. Recharging the lake will bring back fishing, farming, animal husbandry, and the youths won’t be attracted by insurgency or illegal migration. We want Qatar to be involved because of the humanitarian nature of the endeavour.”
Responding, Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani said he was honoured and happy to be in Nigeria for the first time, stressing it was a reciprocal visit to the one paid to Qatar in 2016 by President Buhari.
Noting that the relationship between Nigeria and Qatar is very good, he said it just has to be improved by building on it.
“We share a lot of similarities in different areas. We need to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation. We are willing to do a lot more with Nigeria, and will continue to work on investment opportunities of mutual benefit,” he added.