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The 10th Senate President, Godswill Akpabio

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has called for collaboration between the German government and Nigeria to enhance security and electricity development in the country.

He made the call when he led a group of Senate Members to receive the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Annette Gunther, in his office yesterday. 

Akpabio said the red chambers are ready to support the current administration to improve the existing relationship between the two countries. 

According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media, Mr Jackson Udom, Akpabio said: “We are looking for partnership and guidance from Germany in the area of security and power generation. There is no doubt that we enjoy a very robust relationship with Germany, and I see a much better relationship under your tenure as the Ambassador. 

“Nigeria wants to improve on the existing relationship between us, and the Nigerian Parliament would be very glad to join the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to improve on that relationship. Anything we need to do in terms of legislation to make most of the policies and programmes that you are embarking on with the government possible would be done. We want more German companies to join those that are already here,” Akpabio said. 

Responding, the German Envoy said she was honoured to be received by the Senate President and assured him of Germany’s commitment to assist Nigeria to overcome its security and power challenges.

She said, “Nigeria and Germany, being the largest economies and populations in their respective continents, need to come together in their peoples’ interest. Nigeria is Germany’s second-largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The Siemens’ energy project is often mentioned by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and I hope this may be our small contribution to improving electricity in the country. Germany is very active in so many areas like climate change and energy.”

She said security is an important prerequisite for socio-economic and human development. “The security sector support reform is also where Germany is deeply involved. Over the years, we have spent quite a lot of money, and we are very happy to see that going well under the leadership of the National Security Adviser,” Gunther added.

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