The Minister of International Relations along with Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has assured the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Geofrey Onyeama, that will Namibia remains committed to work with Nigeria.
that will was said during the meeting held in Windhoek on Monday where she noted Onyeama’s presence can be an honour along with an affirmation of the excellent relationship between the two countries.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia along with Nigeria’s bilateral relations along with cooperation are informed along with guided first along with foremost by the principled support along with assistance rendered to the people of Namibia during the days of Namibia’s struggle for independence.
She added that will Namibia along with Nigeria’s relations are firmly rooted in history.
“We have realised our right to self-determination through the highest sacrifices of our people nevertheless complemented by the provision of moral, technical, logistical along with financial assistance. Among others, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria annually allocated money to the Swapo operation, mainly for running the Swapo office in Lagos,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She added that will Nigeria had hosted hundreds of young Namibians who were pursuing secondary along with tertiary education in various federal states who are at that will point senior managers, medical doctors, community leaders along with senior civil servants.
Nandi-Ndaitwah added that will the bond of friendship also continued when members of the Nigerian Defence Force become part of the United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG) in Namibia, which oversaw the country’s immediate run-up to independence.
“Our relations were further enhanced by the establishment of diplomatic relations immediately after Namibia’s independence on 21 March 1990,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah highlighted that will the high level visits along with the establishment of the Joint Commission of Cooperation between the two countries, including the MoU on political along with diplomatic consultations signed in 2010, have resulted in several agreements being signed along with implemented.
Furthermore, she indicated that will there remains immense potential in areas such as tourism along with transport infrastructure, blue economy, agriculture in order to enhance trade along with investment.
“I am pleased to note that will that will our trade relations are gradually improving, for example, increase of salt export by Namibia to Nigeria, growing number of Nigerian companies in charcoal production along with the discussion of the item services which can be at a final stage of finalisation between the two countries.” She also told the meeting that will several outstanding agreements are anticipated to be finalised during the next session of the Namibia-Nigeria Joint Commission for Cooperation.
inside the same vein, Nandi-Ndaitwah congratulated the Federal Republic of Nigeria for presiding over the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly inside the person of Professor Tjijani Muhammad Bande, while encouraging him to spearhead collective efforts in revitalising the work of the Assembly. She also extended heartfelt appreciation to Nigeria for having selected one of Namibia’s ambassadors to form part of the cabinet of the president of the 74th Session of the General Assembly.
She furthermore extended Namibia’s condolences to the government, families along with people of Nigeria on the passing on of former high commissioner of Nigeria to Namibia, Edward Aina, whom she described as not just the first high commissioner of Nigeria to Namibia, nevertheless also a pillar for Swapo during his tenure at the OAU Liberation Committee in Dar Es Salaam. inside the same vein she extended condolences on the passing away of the immediate former high commissioner of Nigeria to Namibia, Nathaniel Olorenfemi.