Buhari to Ramaphosa: Ways We Can Avoid Unhealthy Competition
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja stressed the need for people-to-people relations between South Africa and Nigeria to bring a bond that will be of benefit to both countries and the entire African continent.
President Buhari who welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the State House, restated Nigeria’s commitment to improving a “special relationship’’ with South Africa. THE NEWS reports.
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At the opening of the 10th Session of Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) held in his office, President Buhari said: “Mr. President, permit me to state that some of the challenges identified during the last Bi-National Commission (BNC) have not been completely addressed. We need to ensure that our people-to-people relations are enhanced to a point where there would be no need for unhealthy competition”.
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“In this regard, we need improvement in educational and scientific cooperation, mines and energy resources, transport and aviation, tourism, youth exchange programmes, trade and investment and military cooperation, to mention but a few.” Information Guide Nigeria
“Let me at this point re-iterate my commitment to ensure that the special relationship between our two countries is continually strengthened.’’
“It is also gratifying to observe that this has been brought about by the dogged commitment of senior officials from our countries”. jamb results
“More importantly, it is gratifying to note that despite the pandemic, our timelines for implementing some decisions of the 9th BNC have been met. Similarly, discussions are ongoing on new and important areas of cooperation between our two countries”.
“I must commend the Honourable Ministers and senior officials of both our governments for their sustained effort in breathing life into the bilateral agreements between our countries. I am aware that the Senior Officials Meeting and Ministerial Meetings which preceded this Presidential BNC were successfully concluded”.
At the end of the meeting, President Buhari thanked President Ramaphosa and his delegation for the visit.