South Africa pledges more support for Nigeria

The Consul-General of the South African High Commission in Nigeria, Mr Darkey Africa, on Wednesday announced his government’s new plans to further support Nigeria in the development of her agriculture and tourism sectors.

Africa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the South African Government’s move was to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s ongoing economic diversification drive.

“As we all know, the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently looking at how best to diversify its economy.

“We know how much that Nigeria is looking at the possibility of moving away from a single product economy into a multi-product economy.

“And we know how central the development of Nigeria’s agriculture and tourism sectors would be in this drive.

“So, we stand ready to make sure that all agreements signed between Nigeria and South Africa in the development of her agriculture and tourism sectors are well implemented,” he said.

Africa said that it was imperative for Nigeria to know that the development of her agriculture and tourism sectors would boost her revenue, as well as create more employment opportunities.

The Consul-General also said that his government was prepared to share its agricultural development expertise with Nigeria, to enable her boost her food production for both local and international consumption.

Africa said that the South African Government had recently evolved a discussion with the Delta State Government on the possibility of a partnership between them for agriculture development.

“We need to jointly tackle the issue of job creation, poverty and at the center, it should be the issue of food security through a sustainable
agricultural sector.

“We have got the expertise and are very ready to share that expertise so that we can have sustainable agriculture in Nigeria as well,” he added.

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