Nigeria, Poland Sign New Agreements on Gas And Agriculture
Nigeria and Poland yesterday in Abuja signed agreements on gas and agriculture as part of new initiatives to strengthen both countries’ 60-year old bilateral relations.
The agreements signed by President Muhammadu Buhari and President Andrzej Duda, for their respective countries, is aimed at addressing food and energy developments occasioned by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
It was the first official visit paid by any Polish to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 60 years since both countries established diplomatic relations.
In his comments about the energy security dimension situation and to further develop the cooperation, the Polish president noted that Nigeria, being is rich in gas, will ensure a steady increase in the supply of LNG and oil from Nigeria to Poland and the European Union.
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“And for that very reason, this is a truly important visit to me. And once again, let me stress, is a huge honour,” the Polish leader said
He confirmed that Nigeria is the only African country with which Poland has signed an agreement on strategic dialogue, explaining that a very good part of this strategic dialogue is the memorandum of cooperation in the area of agriculture and gas.
Duda said the talks held were essential from the perspective of supplying both LNG gas as well as oil to Poland and the European Union. “And speaking about those natural resources, Nigeria is indeed very wealthy. And I want to also add that the first is applies of the LNG gas to our LNG gas terminal from Nigeria had already happened, just like the import of crude oil performed by our oil company Latos,” he added.
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“Those shipments did happen in recent years. And that means well for the future because we do want to further develop this cooperation, we want to increase the supplies from Nigeria to Poland. And by this way, we also want to contribute to the development of economic relations between our two countries.”
Dauda expressed hope that the two countries will build upon the talks and memos signed yesterday, and further engagements with leaders in various business sectors from Poland and Nigeria.
On his part, Buhari thanked the Polish government for opening its arms to Nigerian students whose studies were truncated by the Russia-Ukraine crisis; offering them opportunities for continued education.