By Jennifer Jonah
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has commended on the bi-lateral ties between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Arab Republic of Egypt on infrastructure.
Fashola made the commendation during a courtesy call recently in his office by the former Prime Minister and current Assistant to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt for National and Strategic Projects, Sherif Ismail.
A statement signed by Theodore Agbagwa for the Director (information) said he expressed appreciation for the consistent and strong commitment of the Republic of Egypt to partnering with Nigeria Government in constructing solid and durable roads, on contracts awarded to Arab Contractors thereby justifying the confidence repose in them.
The Minister posited that with the bi-lateral relationship between Nigeria and Egypt, he was optimistic that very soon the infrastructural deficit in the African Continent will be reduced to the barest minimum.
Fashola, called for the intensification and exploration of new opportunities in areas of trade and investment between the two countries. In his words “trade is our primary concern at the moment. Trade is our focal point of interest.”
He noted that the present administration under the leadership of President MuhammaduBuhari investedimpressively in an attempt to ensure that Nigerians have regular power supply.
Earlier, the Assistant to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt for National and Strategic Projects, Sherif Ismail stated that he came with members of his entourage to exchange ideas with the Nigerian Government on how both countries can explore opportunities of infrastructural development and further improve on their investment capacity in Nigeria.
Sherif added that they came to deepen the bi-lateral relationship that exist between their country and Nigeria – a country which he described as a great nation.