Amidst the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Nigeria and France have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their bilateral partnership, paving the way for a new era of cooperation.

Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, commended the French Development Agency for its significant contribution to Nigeria’s climate action efforts.

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He specifically highlighted the agency’s collaboration with the National Council on Climate Change, which has resulted in the embedding of a greenhouse gas emissions expert.

This partnership has positioned Nigeria to establish and maintain a robust greenhouse gas management and inventory system, ensuring effective climate action.

Ngelale emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding this cooperation, especially in light of misconceptions surrounding France’s role in the region.

By fostering a stronger partnership, Nigeria and France can address these negative perceptions and work together to achieve sustainable development goals.

Abubakar Bagudu, the Minister of Budget and Planning, stressed the need for increased investments to build stakeholder confidence and support a resilient citizenry. He highlighted the importance of international support in addressing challenges and promoting sustainable development.

Leveraging France’s knowledge and influence, Nigeria aims to promote its economic and political interests globally while investing in infrastructure to support pastoralist populations and modernize agricultural practices.

Jean Hasperue, the acting ambassador of France to Nigeria, reaffirmed France’s commitment to being a trusted partner.

Through investment, development, security, humanitarian efforts, and support for ECOWAS, France aims to strengthen its collaboration with Nigeria.

French private sector investments will focus on enhancing security, improving the situation of displaced persons, and supporting projects in agriculture and industry.

Additionally, France remains dedicated to supporting Nigeria in enhancing security in the Northwest region and improving the quality of services and infrastructure accessible to the population.