Terrorism: Britain to partner Nigeria

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BY HENRY UMORU

ABUJA—THE British government has vowed to help Nigeria reduce terrorism particularly in the northern parts of the country, just as it condemned the level of insecurity following activities of members of the Boko Haram sect.

Speaking yesterday when he paid a visit to the Wuse private residence of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the new British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock said as he assumes office in Nigeria, his government would pay attention to three key areas of security, prosperity and development for Nigeria.

According to him, security has been placed on the top burner against the backdrop of its importance, adding that once there was insecurity, where the unity and continued existence of the country was threatened, investment and growth would in turn be held to a standstill.

Pocock noted that for Nigeria to achieve what he described as industrial revolution, there was the urgent need for the power sector to be privatized to enable the private sector take charge of the economy which will in turn lead to growth and development in all its ramifications.

The new British high commissioner also promised that in line with Nigeria’s history with Britain, the British government has concluded plans to key into the Centenary celebration where Nigeria would roll out drums to mark 100 years of nationhood.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur noted that the envoy was not invited for politics and business, but the visit was to enable him socialize with him, interact with him as well as welcome the new High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Tukur, however, told his guest that Nigeria and Britain have a long history of relationship that must be sustained in trade and investment, adding that the lost glory of some companies like Costain that were owned by Britain in Nigeria and have long become moribund, must be revived.

At the meeting which was tagged get together were former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odein Ajumogobia; Minister of Environment, Hajia Hadiza Malaifa; Acting National Secretary of PDP, Onwe Solomon Onwe; Honourable Ndidi; the new South Africa High Commissioner, among others.

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