We’ll Invest More in Technology to Drive Development – President Buhari


ABUJA (State House Report) President Muhammadu Buhari has said that channeling more investments in Nigeria’s technological sector, and opening up space for creativity and innovation with digital skills, would play a significant role in providing jobs for youths and growing the economy.

President Buhari made this remark recently at the State House, when he received Letter of Credence, from the Ambassador of Portugal to Nigeria, Luis Filipe Ribeiro Da Silva Barros. He said the wave of technological growth across the globe had provided more opportunities for development for countries, especially for the economies willing to retool and build capacities in areas of need.

He said, “Technology has come to stay and, as a country, we are exploring opportunities for advancement, especially in providing jobs for our teeming youths”.

The President continued that many hands in the country are willing and waiting to be meaningfully engaged, he therefore urged the Ambassador to focus on building stronger economic ties with Nigeria that will be mutually rewarding.

In his remarks, the Portuguese Ambassador said he had already discovered start-up companies in many parts of the country, assuring of partnerships that will enhance the capacity of the small businesses especially in areas of agriculture, academics, vocational skills and security. He promised to push bilateral relations with Nigeria to ‘new levels’.

President Buhari who also received Letter of Credence of the High Commissioner of Jamaica to Nigeria, Esmond St Clair Reid, said that, he was pleased with the growing community of Nigerians in the country, and the harmonious ways they have been conducting themselves while exploring opportunities in businesses.

He assured the High Commissioner of Nigeria’s support in improving bilateral relations.

Esmond St Clair Reid, informed the President that the growing community in Jamaica had been very active in academics, like the Maritime University, adding that he looked forward to broader cooperation, because there’s a lot that can be achieved together, in areas of tourism, craft and skills transfer.

While receiving Letter of Credence from the Ambassador of Indonesia, Dr Usra Hendra Harahap, the President said trade relations between both countries should be improved, appreciating the country for always standing by Nigeria in international affairs like the recent election of Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, as President of the 74th General Assembly.

In his remark, the Ambassador of Indonesia said his country will be willing to have stronger relations with Nigeria on security, trade and crude oil importation.

“Nigeria’s oil is top quality, with less sulphur content, so we are deeply in need of supply,’’ he said.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)