Nigeria and Turkey need more collaboration – Minister

Visit of Turkey Trade Minister to Ministry of Works and Housing
L-R: Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria His Excellency Melih Ulueren, Turkish Minister of Trade, Her Excellency RusharPeckan, Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar D. Aliyu and the Permanent Secretary Minsitry of Works and Housing, Mohammed Bukar

The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar D. Aliyu has emphasized the need for more collaboration between Nigeria and Turkey in order to achieve greater success in the development of both countries especially as they share common development goals.

Engineer Aliyu made this emphasis when he received on behalf of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Turkish Minister of Trade, Her Excellency Rushar Pekan who paid a courtesy call on the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

Engineer Ali said, “In order to achieve success in our development since Nigeria and Turkey have common development goals, there is need to share knowledge in technological investment and collaborate in engineering design and construction for the purpose of providing infrastructure for development”.

The Minister expressed the willingness of the Ministry of Works and Housing to collaborate with investors in the road infrastructure sector. He added that his Ministry was ready to partner with Turkey in the following areas:

The development of various Greenfield and Brownfield projects across the nation,  mass development of affordable housing in selected city centres across Nigeria, capacity development and mentoring for Public-Private partnership officials .

Earlier, the Minister of Trade for the Republic of Turkey, Her Excellency, Rushar Pekan disclosed that the purpose of the visit was to seek increased collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Housing with the view to increase Turkey’s trade volume in Nigeria in road construction and engineering.

Pekan who described Nigeria as one of the most important countries and the biggest economy in Africa noted that Nigeria had great potential in road construction and engineeringadding that her country was blessed with experts in that field. She therefore urged the ministry to consider Turkish investors in those areas.

She was accompanied on the visit by the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Melih Ulueren and some Turkish investors.

Stephen Kilebi
DD(Press and Public Relations)