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Tinubu meets with a delegation from the EU and calls for enhanced ties with Nigeria.
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Tinubu meets with a delegation from the EU and calls for enhanced ties with Nigeria.

On Thursday, President Bola Tinubu underscored the importance of strengthening the multi-sectoral connections between Nigeria and the European Union, focusing on fundamental principles such as democracy, the rule of law, and freedom.

“Tinubu conveyed, “When we achieve success, democracy and freedom thrive. We call upon all our partners to join forces as we navigate these waters together. We anticipate reinforcing our collaborations.” He made these remarks during the visit of the six-person delegation, led by Ms. Jutta Urpilainen, the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.”

The President expressed his approval of the execution of eight financing agreements between Nigeria and the EU, which took place under the ‘EU Global Gateway in Nigeria,’ during a distinct occasion held earlier in Abuja.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, made this announcement in a statement he issued on Thursday with the title ‘President Tinubu Advocates for Enhancing Nigeria-EU Relations and Receives EU Energy and International Partnership Delegation.’

“The President emphasized that democracy is a challenging journey, but it’s essential to continue our efforts and persevere to ensure its success at all times.

President Tinubu stressed the significance of economic collaboration with the EU in sectors like digital education, conventional and renewable energy, as well as broadband accessibility. He also informed the visiting delegation that Nigeria’s economy was undergoing substantial and enduring reforms aimed at lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

“We have a youthful and dynamic population, and we are committed to achieving our goals. Our success is intertwined with the success of democracy and freedom,” he remarked.

In her statement, Urpilainen praised Nigeria for its crucial role as a significant ally of the EU, not just in political and economic aspects, but also in influencing the social dynamics throughout the African continent.

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She clarified that starting in 2019, the EU has been actively reshaping its connection with Africa, moving away from the conventional donor-recipient model.

The EU Commissioner expressed that the union aims to create a balanced and mutually advantageous partnership, exemplified by the “Global Gateway” investment program.

She pointed out that this strategy, which was agreed upon during the AU-EU Summit in Brussels last year, aims to achieve €300 billion in investments, with half of that, €150 billion, designated for Africa.

Expressing gratitude to President Tinubu for Nigeria’s significant contribution of vital energy products during recent tensions with Russia, the EU Commissioner mentioned that there is potential for growth in the oil and gas partnership. She also highlighted that the “Global Gateway” strategy is intended to accelerate green and digital advancements in EU partner nations, with Nigeria being one of its most strategic partners.

She mentioned, “Our investments are focused on essential infrastructure like energy, transportation, and digital networks, in addition to human capital development, education, and research.”

The EU delegation consists of several other members, including the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Samuela Isopi; Managing Director of the Africa and European External Action Service, Ms. Rita Laranjinha; Africa Advisor in the Cabinet of the EU, Ms. Lora Borissova; and the Head of Unit for Western Africa in the Directorate-General International Partnerships, Ms. Maria Vaquero.

Beforehand, the President officially endorsed the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights regarding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa. This protocol was approved during the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 29, 2018.

A statement authorized by Mr. Ngelale conveyed, “I, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, in my capacity as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, hereby officially confirm that Nigeria acknowledges the mentioned Protocol and commits to faithfully uphold and execute the provisions it encompasses.”

“As proof of this, I, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, have affixed my signature and the Seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to this Instrument of Ratification, in Abuja, on the 19th day of October in the year 2023.”

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