Ms Malu Dreyer, Head of Bundestrat, the Upper Chamber of the German Parliament, has pledged Germany’s support to Nigeria in its economic recovery effort.
Dreyer, who spoke at the weekend while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Senate led by its President Bukola Saraki in Berlin, said that Nigeria deserved the support of Germany to boost its economic recovery plans.
A statement by Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, quoted Dreyer as saying “Germany will support the on-going economic recovery programme in the country’’.
She said her country would look towards extending the special partnership and grassroots co-operation which it presently had with Rwanda to Nigeria, adding that more exchange programmes between the two countries should be initiated.
“The partnership between Nigeria and Germany is very important and should be nurtured.
“This partnership, at a very high level, can help the entire population in Nigeria. We have to do all that is necessary to support Africa to prevent internal crisis that would later plague Europe.
“We should empower African nations to enable the people and their government take their fate into their own hands. We have a gain to make from this co-operation,’’ she said.
Dreyer said that Germany would tackle the root cause of refugee situation through helping countries to be stable and economically buoyant.
In his remarks, Saraki reiterated the need for Germany to partner Nigeria in the areas of economic co-operation, security and renewable energy.
He said that the Senate delegation was in Berlin to strengthen the existing relations between both countries as represented by the visit of the German President to Nigeria last year in company of some German businessmen. (NAN)