Why President Emmanuel Macron of France is a Good News To Nigerians…..
The France president-Emmanuel Macron arrived in Nigeria on an official visit on Tuesday, 2nd of July.
This official visit is said to be an advantage to ties and trade relations between both countries (Nigeria and France) according to the Minister For Foreign Affairs-Geoffrey Onyeama. He also said that the visit would further help to reinforce the French support to Nigeria in the areas of security, trade and cultural ties.
According to him, French is involved in the five Sahel countries in what they called the G5 Sahel and which is sorted around Mali and dealing with the Al-Qaida in the Sahel and also the other terrorist groups in the Sahel region.
“We are also going to be looking at the two security groupings, that is the G5 Sahel and of course the multinational joint task force that we have in fighting Boko Haram, so we can work together sharing intelligence.
There is the issue of funding for the fight against terrorism in the African countries and France has been supporting us in this and looking for greater United Nations involvement financially in the process. “So we are looking forward for the support of the French in engaging the UN to help. “We have a stronger ally in the demand for the UN financial investment and involvement in fighting terrorism in the West African Sahel region,” he said. In the area of economy, Onyeama said that France had been one of the big investors in the country, adding that more investment was expected with the visit of Mr Macron.
He said that President Buhari would let the French president know that Nigeria was very much ready for business notwithstanding the security challenges that the nation is facing. He also disclosed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed for French Energy and Environmental companies for an environmental project in Ogun State during the visit. According to him, this project is looking at reforestation and also brings in investments there in developing timber and other agricultural products that will now in turn create about 150,000 jobs.
“President Macron is a young president and he is a president that believes so much in the youth. “So after meeting with Mr president here and signing the MoU, he will be going to African shrine, Lagos, and also engage with the youth in Nigeria. “He will also be meeting with some of our creative industry proprietors to promote greater cultural ties, and we are hoping that his engagement with the creative sector of our country will further enhance French-Nigeria cooperation,” he said.