The Niger State Government and the French Republic have reaffirmed the commitment of their governments to improving the existing relationship for mutual benefit.
This was a result of the meeting of the Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago with the French Ambassador to Nigeria in Abuja.
The diplomatic ties will focus on Education, Agriculture, energy, investment, job creation, tourism and culture among others.
Governor Umaru Bago who highlighted the natural resources that abound in the state emphasised that the state has a comparative advantage in food and cash crops.
He explained that strengthening the relationship will no doubt create job opportunities for youth and improve the socioeconomic status of the state.
The Governor further said the policy thrust of his administration covers infrastructure, Health, Education and Renewable energy among others.
He disclosed that his administration intends to invest in 400,000 women in shea butter processing, and other cash crops explaining that a State-of-the-art garment factory for mass production of school, Military and Vigilante uniforms will be established.
Governor Umaru Bago briefed the French Ambassador to Nigeria on the intention of his administration to cultivate the habit of planting ten million trees in the next four years as part of an effort to mitigate climate change and address global warming.
The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Emmanuelle Blatmann, said the French Government is looking forward to strengthening its bilateral relationship with Nigeria especially Niger State Government for mutual benefits.
She said the French government is committed to ensuring the success of the partnership and consequently providing advanced technology and scholarships to the people.
The Ambassador noted that over three Billion Euros had been expended on rural electrification in Northern Nigeria by the French Government.
Bologi Ibrahim
Chief Press Secretary
to the Governor of Niger State
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