Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has expressed the continued readiness of Brazil to assist in the development of the Nigerian agricultural sector.
This was even as the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, stressed the importance of the historic warm relations between Nigeria and his country enhanced by a week-long visit of the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister.
Brazil’s pledge to support Nigerian agricultural sector development was voiced during Onyeama’s recent working visit to the country.
The American and Caribbean Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this in a statement made available to Daily Sun in Abuja by the media aide to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sarah Sanda.
The visit by the minister was undertaken with the objective to strengthen the longstanding cordial relations between Nigeria and Brazil, discuss areas of promoting bilateral economic ties and explore new areas of mutually-beneficial cooperation.
During the visit, Onyeama had extensive discussions with the Minister of External Relations of Brazil, Mr. Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, on a broad range of bilateral issues which included agricultural cooperation, aviation, defence and counter terrorism, education, investment drive and trade promotion, social welfare programmes, transfer of prisoners, among others and comes after Ferreira had in October 2017, paid a two-day working visit to Nigeria.
During his visit, the Brazilian Foreign Minister held bilateral meetings with Onyeama and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh. At the end of the visit, Nigeria and Brazil came up with a Draft Investment Cooperation and Facilitation Agreement; Draft Agreement on Transfer of Prisoners; Draft Cooperation Agreement on Agricultural Development under the More Food International Programme; and Extradition Agreement.