Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State and Pakistan’s government have resolved to engage in bilateral cooperation to boost agriculture, education, trading, and other common areas that will benefit Nigeria and Pakistan.
Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria, Major- General Mohammed Tayyab Azzam discussed this during a courtesy call on Governor Bagudu at Government House, Birnin Kebbi by Azzam and his entourage.
Bagudu, while speaking during the envoy’s visit, explained that the cooperation was premised on the extant cordial relations between Nigeria and Pakistan, as well as between Pakistan and Kebbi State.
He said: “We have a number of existing areas of relationship for decades which would be expanded.
Nigeria and Pakistan have a deep, respectful relationship, in addition to a myriad of similarities. They range from the areas of education, health, population, landmass, and security challenges.”
“We can achieve a lot while working together in so many valuable areas that will mutually benefit us. We need to capitalize on this and do more. Kebbi state is willing to do more, work hard and this will resonate with our people.
We will pave way for Kebbi and Pakistan to do more. Our proximity to Niger and Benin Republics is a comparative advantage,” Bagudu said.
He added that priorities would be placed on agriculture, science, technology, health, and Industrialization, stressing that more things should be done in the course of their bilateral cooperation.
Earlier, the Pakistani Envoy, Major- General Mohammed Tayyab Azzam explained that both Nigeria and his country share a lot of similarities from the usage of the same color of flags, environment, security challenges, as well as geostrategic locations in the world.
Adding that “Nigeria is also an emerging economy and it happens to be one of the most promising nations of the world. The two nations have been enjoying robust relations in education, as well as railway engineering, among others”.
He disclosed that Pakistan is planning to establish some mega pharmaceutical firms, bulk vegetables, and fruit cold storage facilities in Kebbi state.