President Muhammadu Buhari has called for stronger trade and economic ties with Italy.
The president made the call when he received the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, at the State House, Abuja on Thursday.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted Mr. Buhari as calling for intensive trade and economic engagement between Nigeria and Italy.
Commending the resilience of Italian businesses in Nigeria, the president expressed happiness that new businesses were on line to be set up in the country.
He also commended Italy for supporting the “government in tackling the humanitarian situation in the North-East and the training being given to Nigerian policemen”.
In his remarks, Gentiloni, who was accompanied by the Italian Minister of State for Interior, Mr. Domenico Manzione, announced his government’s $10million humanitarian assistance to the Lake Chad region countries in addition to their contributions within the framework of the European Union.
Member-countries of the commission include Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.
He said the visit of the business group on his delegation was a fulfilment of the promise made by Mr. Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, during his visit in February, to strengthen ties with Nigeria politically and economically.