Nigeria and Italy Monday signed an agreement to assist each other on intelligence sharing, capacity building and provision of logistics to their respective armed forces especially the police.
The signing of agreement was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, in the State House, Abuja.
Besides the agreement, the two countries also held bilateral talks on issues such as energy, security, agriculture, immigration, human and drug trafficking, infrastructure and education.
The agreement on enhancing cooperation between the Nigerian and Italian Police was signed by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and the Italian National Police Chief, Alessandro Pansa.
Speaking at a joint press briefing, President Buhari recalled the age long relationship with Italy, expressing satisfaction with the knowledge that Italian government had decided to partner Nigeria in the areas of security, construction, oil and gas and the exploration of solid minerals.
‘‘I am impressed by the resilience and commitment of the Italian business to Nigeria’s development shown by the Italian construction companies and companies in the oil sector.
‘‘I am happy to hear that an Italian oil company, Eni ltd, is investing 4 billion U S dollars in the coming three years in the economy inspite of the downward spiral of oil prices,’’ the President said.
In his remarks, the Italian Prime Minister said his country will support Nigeria in the ongoing fight against corruption, terrorism and also encourage Italian companies to invest more in sectors that will enable growth and create jobs for Nigerians like power, agriculture and solid minerals.
“We discussed a lot about cooperation, about security. We chose to sign important agreement to work together. We have also chosen to invest in energy and infrastructure”, Benzi said.
Credit : Vanguard