Niger-Nigeria: security, trade and energy on the menu of President Bazoum’s visit to Abuja

The President of the Republic Mohamed Bazoum is making a working and friendship visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Thursday March 31 to Friday April 1, 2022. On the menu for this second visit by the Head of State, after that of April 19, 2021, security, trade relations and cooperation in the field of energy between the two neighboring members of ECOWAS.

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It is with full civil and military honors that the President of Niger was welcomed by his Nigerian counterpart at the presidential villa of Aso Rock in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria.

Several meetings are scheduled between Heads of State Bazoum Mohamed and Muhammadu Buhari as well as working sessions between the delegations of the two countries.

In a note from his office published on the sidelines of this trip, the Presidency of the Republic announced that the purpose of this trip to this country linked with Niger by a community of destiny and sharing solid historical, geographical and cultural ties, fits into the framework for strengthening already exemplary multidimensional cooperation.The Head of State, who is undertaking this second working and friendship visit after the one made on April 19, 2021, the day after his investiture, maintains this centuries-old friendship reinforced by the establishment of a Nigerian-Nigerian Joint Cooperation Commission. set up in 1971“, underlines the note which specifies, moreover, “that it is traditional that the President of Niger does not derogate from this rule to make his first outing in this brother country with which we share 1500 km of land border”.

Recalling that already just after his inauguration, President Buhari devoted his first visit outside his country to Niger on June 3 and 4, 2015“what

demonstrates the mutual interest between the two nations”the Presidency of Niger has announced that the talks of the President of the Republic Mohamed Bazoum with his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari will focus on “the security issues of interest to both parties with the activities of residual cross-border banditry between the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and the regions of Maradi and Tahoua as well as the terrorist center circumscribed in the State of Borno of Boko Haram with the sporadic attacks in the Diffa region”.

Also, we learn from the same source, “Economic relations will be at the center of the discussions as Nigeria plays a prominent role in being one of Niger’s main customers and suppliers”. To optimize and streamline this commercial framework, the note adds, the transport sector will be approached with the 284 km long Kano – Maradi railway project (line which extends to Lagos), intended to make Nigeria the import-export hub for Niger.

Finally, announced the Presidency, the energy issue will also be one of the topics on the agenda within the framework of the national objective which is to reduce dependence on electricity imported from Nigeria, currently peaking at 75% of the total. , thanks to the energy mix being developed in Niger. “The Oil component, for these two producing and exporting countries, will naturally be the subject of particular attention by the two leaders who will be responsible for exploring all the possibilities that can be beneficial to both countries”, concluded the press release from the Presidency services.

It should be noted that the Head of State is accompanied in this trip by a strong delegation composed in particular of Mr. Alkassoum Indatou, Minister of National Defence; Mr. Alkache Alhada, Minister of Trade; Mr. Alma Oumarou, Minister of Transport; Mr. Mahamane Sani Mahamadou, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies; Mr. Ibrahim SANI Abani, Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic, and Mr. Alat Mogaskia, Ambassador of Niger to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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