President Muhammadu Buhari has called for intensive economic engagement with Italy.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari spoke at the State House in Abuja yesterday during a courtesy call by Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Buhari called for intensive trade and economic engagement between Nigeria and Italy.
Commending the resilience of Italian businesses in Nigeria, Buhari expressed happiness that new businesses were on line to be set up in the country.
In his remarks, Gentiloni, who was accompanied by the Italian Minister of State for Interior, Mr. Domenico Manzione, announced his government’s $10m humanitarian assistance to the Lake Chad region countries in addition to their contributions within the framework of the European Union.
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 relations with Nigeria politically and economically.