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Nigeria, Poland sign MoU on Agriculture

Both countries are currently cooperating in the areas of maritime, education and defence.

• September 6, 2022
Andrezej Duda, Muhammadu Buhari
Andrezej Duda and Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria and Poland on Tuesday in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Agriculture, while pledging their willingness to enlarge the fields of economic cooperation in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

The signing took place during the visit of President Andrezej Duda of Poland, the first by a Polish leader to Nigeria since the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries in 1961.

Addressing a joint press conference with the visiting Head of State, President Muhamamdu Buhari said Nigeria was gratified by the fruitful cooperation with Poland in maritime, education and defence.

On agriculture, the president said cooperation in this area would be a win-win for the two countries, especially in the context of global food insecurity occasioned by the conflict in Ukraine.

Mr Buhari said that given the numerous global challenges, Nigeria would like to develop new mechanisms for cooperation, including regular strategic dialogues and political consultations to cover not only bilateral relations but also to address regional and international issues.

“Our cooperation in education has a long history. We wish to encourage the extension of that cooperation to sharing of knowledge and experience between our educational institutions.

“These are in areas such as science and technology as well as information and communication technology, in order to help drive innovation in our countries in this competitive global knowledge economy,” he said.

While describing the two-day visit of the Polish president as significant, Mr Buhari underscored the cordial relations that existed between both countries.

He commended the Poland government’s efforts to assist the large number of refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, including a significant number of Nigerians.

“As regards trade relations, we would like to see an increase in the level of trade, as it remains relatively low in spite of the long period of relations between our two countries,” he said.

Mr Duda said Nigeria was the only African country with which Poland had signed an agreement of strategic dialogue, including the MoU on agriculture cooperation.

“It is important to us to strengthen the relations between Poland and Nigeria, and the MOU we have signed is very important for the future of both nations on food security,” the Polish president said through an interpreter.

On energy security, he lauded the delivery of liquefied natural gas to Poland from Nigeria and crude oil shipments.

“We want to further this cooperation, and we want to increase the supplies from Nigeria to Poland, and by this way, we want to contribute to the development of economic cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

According to Mr Duda, Nigeria and Poland have enjoyed excellent bilateral relations in the last 60 years, buoyed at the people-to-people level with the presence of many Nigerians at Polish higher institutions of learning.

He also acknowledged the input of Polish engineers and scientists in building infrastructure in Nigeria. 


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