By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for more intensive trade and economic engagement between Nigeria and Italy.
Speaking recently during a courtesy call by Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the State House, Abuja, Buhari described the connection between Nigeria and Italy as very strong.
He urged that efforts should be made to make it stronger and more secure.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu said Buhari commended the resilience of Italian businesses in Nigeria and expressed happiness that new businesses were in line to be set up in the country.
He also commended Italian support for his government in tackling the humanitarian situation in the Northeast and the training they are giving to Nigerian policemen.
Mr. Gentiloni, who was accompanied by the Italian Minister of State for Interior, Mr. Domenico Manzione, announced his government’s $10 Million humanitarian assistance to the Lake Chad region countries in addition to what they are already doing. This is within the framework of the European Union.
He said that the visit of the business group on his delegation was a fulfillment of the promise made by Mr. Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, during his visit in February, to strengthen relations with Nigeria politically and economically.