President Muhammadu Buhari has noted that Nigerians would be able to look after themselves when infrastructure is in place.
Buhari made this call on Thursday, November 11, during a meeting with the President of Islamic Development Bank, Mohammed Al-Jasser, at the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum in France.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘When Infrastructure is in Place, Our People can Look after Themselves, President Buhari Tells IDB President.’
According to the statement, Buhari stated that his administration was committed to an infrastructure renaissance for Nigeria due to sustainability.
“We are struggling very hard on infrastructure because there can’t be sustainable development without it.
“Considering the vastness of our country, we need roads, rail, power, airports, housing, and that is what we have engaged ourselves with in the past six years. And our people are seeing the new developments. Relative to the resources available to us, we have not done badly. When infrastructure is in place, our people can look after themselves.”
“What we are so dependent on (crude oil) has lost a lot of energy. It is coming back gradually, and we are breathing a bit more with some confidence. But we expect greater cooperation from you,” the President said.
In response, Al-Jasser told Buhari, “I am impressed by your policies on infrastructure, which will give opportunities to youths, and encourage the private sector. Nigeria is a pivotal country to us, and it deserves all the help it can get.”
Meanwhile, France President, Emmanuel Macron, says Nigeria is a powerhouse in Africa and that informs why his country is building tight and diverse cooperation with Africa’s most populous nation.
Macron stated this on Wednesday, November 10, in Paris at the Nigeria international Partnership Forum (NIPF); a high-level event on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum.
The one-day event was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, ministers and business moguls from Nigeria and France.
It was organized to bring together the Nigerian and French governments; including private sectors in wide-ranging discussions focused on security, regional stability, trade, and industrialization.
Macron who was represented by French Minister of Foreign Trade and Economy, Mr Franck Reister, said his country and Nigeria shared many strategic interests.
“France may seem a distant partner for Nigeria; even when it is surrounded by French-speaking countries with whom France shares a long history; and where our companies have a strong foothold.