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President Tinubu calls for coordinated development agenda as new ambassadors present credentials

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President Bola Tinubu has emphasized the need for synergy and coordinated action to address economic challenges facing African nations.

This call was made during the presentation of Letters of Credence by newly appointed ambassadors to Nigeria at the State House on Friday.

Among those presenting their credentials were Ambassador Edouard Nduwimana of Burundi, Ambassador Mersole Mellejor of the Philippines, and High Commissioner Isaac Parashina of Kenya.

In separate meetings with each ambassador, President Tinubu highlighted Nigeria’s commitment to fostering warm relations and partnerships that promote democratic values and economic opportunities for all involved nations.

During his discussion with Ambassador Mellejor of the Philippines, President Tinubu shared Nigeria’s ambitious plans to expand natural gas production for both domestic use and export. He encouraged the ambassador to attract Filipino investors to explore these opportunities in Nigeria.

“We have cordial relations with the Philippines and have signed agreements to promote economic cooperation and trade. We are ready to enhance these bilateral relations and collaborate more closely,” said President Tinubu.

Ambassador Mellejor acknowledged Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa as the continent’s largest economy, population, and democracy. He expressed a desire to expand economic ties, noting that over 3,000 Filipinos are currently employed in Nigeria, primarily in the oil industry.

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“We appreciate the hospitality extended to our citizens here. Since my arrival, I have been fascinated by the beauty and hospitality of Nigeria and its people,” said Ambassador Mellejor.

In his meeting with Ambassador Nduwimana of Burundi, President Tinubu addressed recent floods affecting East African countries and emphasized the need for African leaders to work together to tackle common challenges like climate change. He extended condolences to the governments and people of Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Somalia affected by the floods.

“We must collaborate to address environmental challenges such as floods and drought, which have significant humanitarian consequences,” said President Tinubu.

On economic relations with Burundi, President Tinubu promised to follow up on discussions with Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye regarding cooperation in the oil and gas sector. Ambassador Nduwimana requested Nigeria’s support in national relief efforts for flood-affected areas and called for Nigerian investments in Burundi’s solid minerals sector.

“We see Nigeria’s growth as a valuable lesson for us. We need Nigerian investors in our solid minerals sector, and my President is eager to explore opportunities in Nigeria’s oil sector,” said Ambassador Nduwimana.

In his meeting with High Commissioner Parashina of Kenya, President Tinubu reiterated the importance of Nigeria and Kenya’s collaboration on counter-terrorism, peace, and security issues in Africa. He emphasized the need to prioritize Africa’s development across all sectors, including economic, social, political, and cultural.

“We will continue to promote Africa’s interests and address common challenges. Our relations must focus on Africa’s growth and development,” said President Tinubu.

High Commissioner Parashina conveyed President William Ruto’s desire for a high-level visit to further strengthen bilateral relations. He acknowledged the shared challenges and opportunities between the two countries, including the fight against terrorism, climate change, unemployment, and leveraging the youth population for economic growth.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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