19 August 2016
India has reiterated its resolve to collaborate with Nigeria in developing agriculture and expanding the latter’s solar energy programme.
The High Commissioner of India in Nigeria, Mr Nagabhushan Reddy, said this while addressing State House Correspondents after visiting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said their discussion centred on those key areas in which both countries could work together.
“We had the opportunity to touch upon some of the key areas that India and Nigeria would like to work together.
“We have a very robust relationship. But there is lot more that can be done.
“This is the sentiment expressed by His Excellency, the Vice-President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo.
“ And more importantly, we will be working on some of the major initiatives that the government of Nigeria has embarked upon.
“Some of them include the Green Alternative, which has been launched very recently.
“Second will work towards the expansion of solar energy in different parts of the country.
“We also have an international solar alliance in which our Indian Prime Minister, His Excellency, Narendra Modi, has worked with a number of countries to create this international solar alliance.
“Under this framework, as well as the bilateral framework, we would like to see cooperation and expansion of renewable energy sector, ’’ the envoy said.
Reddy added that he also conveyed the message on the possibility of a high-powered delegation visiting Nigeria in September.
He said the details were being worked out and at the appropriate time, both governments would make pronouncements.
The high commissioner also said his visit afforded him and the vice-president the opportunity to take forward the discussions between the Indian prime minister and President Muhammadu Buhari held in October, 2015 during the 3rd India and Africa summit.