IRANIANS EAGER TO INVEST IN NIGERIA– AMBASSADOR
Pix. from left: Deputy Iranian Amb. Seyyed Amirr Motazayi, Hon Denis Agbo, Deputy Chairman House Committee on Nigeria-Iran Parliamentry Relations, Amb. Rahimi Zarchi, Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria and Hon. Abdullahi Umar Faruk, Chairman House Committee on Nigeria- Iran Parliamentary Relations
By Titus Agbo, Abuja
Several Iranian companies are eager to invest in Nigeria in such sectors like mining, agriculture and oil and gas.The Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Rahimi Zarchi made the disclosure in Abuja yesterday,(today) when he received in audience, the House of Representatives Committee on Nigeria – Iran Parliamentary Relations.Ambassador Zarchi said his country has made tremendous technological advancement in those sectors that could help advance Nigeria’s current diversification initiatives.Said he; “a lot of companies in Iran are very much eager to invest in Nigeria in such sectors like agriculture, animal husbandry, mining, oil and gas.” Adding; “ I urge you as representatives of the people to assist in ensuring that this is made possible”.The Iranian Ambassador who stated that he was seeking audience with the Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe in that regard, reiterated the need for the Parliamentarians who he described as the nucleus of the larger Nigerian society to support build stronger ties between the two countries for mutual economic benefits.He noted that his country has made quite huge technological advancement in power, oil and gas, agriculture and mining which Nigeria can take advantage of.
Earlier, the Chairman Engineer Abdullahi Umar Faruk had told the Ambassador that his Committee was among other friendship groups constituted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Honourable Yakubu Dogara to help strengthen the diplomatic relations between Nigeria and other countries through legislative friendships and collaborations.
He highlighted the mandate of the Committee to include, the maintenance of harmonious and productive relations between the National Assembly (House of Representatives) and Islamic Parliament of Iran, Co-ordinating parliamentary exchanges, hospitality and courtesies on reciprocal basis between the two Parliaments, and coordinating technical assistance among others.
Also speaking, the Deputy Chairman, Honourable Denis Agbo recalled that a group of Iranian investors had visited Nigeria about a year ago noting that Iran as a global player in agriculture and animal husbandry could be of great assistance in the efforts of the present administration to diversify the economy.