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Nigerian President Buhari hosts Dutch Prime Minister in Abuja

Nigerian President Buhari hosts Dutch Prime Minister in Abuja

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, received Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte at the State House, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The two leaders immediately went into a closed-door meeting.

Photo credit: State House, Nigeria

Several treaties were expected to be signed at the end of bilateral consultations between the delegations of Nigeria and the Netherlands.

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, disclosed to reporters that the visit would provide an opportunity to attract more Dutch investments to the country, especially in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

Photo credit: State House, Nigeria

He further stated that Rutte would be accompanied by a trade delegation comprising Chief Executive Officers of Dutch companies already operating in Nigeria and prospective investors.

He said:

“This visit allows us to assess the state of our bilateral relations which I believe is very cordial and to also look at all the areas that we have agreed to partner for mutual benefits. Having this visit for me at this level is very gratifying. It is the best thing to happen to us as a country.”

“The Dutch have a very powerful and competitive economy; they are the second-largest producer of food and agricultural products in the world. They are advanced in innovation and technology, especially in the area of agriculture which we can leverage on, and with our involvement with them, in investment and trade, we have a lot we can benefit from them.”

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