The Norwegian ambassador to Nigeria has disclosed that Norway wants to maintain and strengthen its bilateral relations with Nigeria in the areas of business, culture, energy, security, agriculture, health and gender issues, amongst others.
This was revealed by the Norwegian Ambassador, Knut Lein, in an interview with newsmen on Friday.
“We want to work with Nigeria as a close partner, as well as maintain and strengthen the bilateral relations between both countries,” he said.
“Tell us what your priorities are, so we can work together. We depend on good partners like Nigeria.
“For Norway, we are taking a pursuit in the Security Council for the first time in 20 years,” he added.
He said that the Norwegian Embassy in Nigeria was working on 3 projects with the FG including promoting businesses in the oil and gas sector, energy, fishery, and many others.
He added that Norway is working with Nigeria on the promotion of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria, which deals with issues of health, education, food security, and gender equality. It is also working with Nigeria’s security forces to ensure marine security, peace, and regional stability in Africa.
What you should know
- Nigeria has established a series of bilateral deals in the past few weeks. Nairametrics reported this week that the Federal Government announced arrangements for the transfer of technology from the Czech Republic to Nigeria, through the inauguration of the Implementation Committee on Memorandum of Understanding between the Czech Republic and the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Technology and Joint Research.
- The Federal Government of Nigeria recently opened the portal for the registration of the 2021/2022 Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) scholarship for deserving Nigerians. The BEA scholarship is awarded to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and tenable in some selected countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia.
- Nairametrics also reported last week that the Federal Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which provided a platform for the nations to engage each other legally and commercially.
- In November, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, said the Federal Government in the year (2020) had signed the instrument of ratification of BASA with the USA, India, Morocco, and Rwanda.