By Paul Efiong,, Abuja
The Poland and Slovakia Ambassadors to Nigeria, Mrs Joanna Tarnawska, Mr Peter Holasek have expressed readiness to collaborate with Nigeria in sectors such as agriculture innovative technologies, defence among others to enhance development in the country.
They made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja, when they paid a courtesy call on Sen. George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mrs Joanna Tarnawska said she had good impression about the country’s readiness and active role it played in agricultural development since her inception in the country.
“I have a very good impression of Nigeria and I am very happy to receive a very warmed welcome wherever I go, and to see the people who are working and striving to make Nigeria even better
“The specific areas that we will like to cooperate with Nigeria are the defense sector, agriculture, education, innovative technologies, including to contributing to the protection of environment like waste management.
“We have a number of technologies connected with livestock, raring and also with the growth of crops and fruits and fruit processing.
“We remained keenly interested in what is really going on in this very important country of the region. “
She also appreciated Nigeria for sustaining the democratic governance which Poland as a member of European Union (EU), had also contributed its quota for such sustainability.
AKUME in his response appreciate the Poland Ambassador for her visit, describing Poland as one of the most important countries among the members of the EU.
According to him, to develop policies and programmes of the ministry as designated by President Muhammadu Buhari, the ministry needed collaboration with other international bodies to achieve its mandates.
He said the ministry needed active synergy with private sectors to create employment opportunities for Nigerians.
Akume opined that implementing the strategy towards the realisation of Mr Presidents’s June 12 promise to take 100 millions Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years could only be achieved through collaborative initiative.
“The President gave us this mandate coordinating mostly an inter-ministry functions as designated by the President with the management of key projects at the initiative of the presidency.
“To development and implement policies and programmes and projects towards improvement of intergovernmental relation at the states and local government levels, monitoring of constituency special projects and initiative as designated by the President.
“Actively collaborated with private sectors to create employment opportunities for Nigerians.“
The minister said collaborating with Poland would help the ministry to achieve more.
Similarly Mr Peter Holasek, Slovakia Ambassador to Nigeria who congratulated Akume on his appointment, also pledged to collaborate with Nigeria in area of agricultural development.
Peter said taking the ministry mandates into account, agriculture could play vital role in the economic development of Nigeria.
“I consider that the port folio of the minister is very important, administration processes in the ministry are very important.
“If you take into account, agriculture is the main sector in Nigeria and the main sector in both federal and states government, so this is something we can deepen our relationship.“
in the same vein, Dr Peter Ayim, Chairman Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce, who led the delegation of the association on a courtesy call to Akume expressed the need to involve Nigerian youth meaningfully.
According to him, “worried about the prevailing rate of youth unemployment and with a clear understanding of the basic and critical challenges of the Nigerian youth, we have developed a couple of innovative programmes that seek to address these challenges.“