Nigeria, Germany to launch book on 158 years of relations

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Ingo Herbert, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos on Thursday said that Nigeria and Germany would soon launch a historical book on their 158 years of relations.

Mr. Herbert, who made the disclosure at the celebration of the Day of German Unity in Lagos, said the book would chronicle the long-existing different areas of cooperation between the two countries.

“Our countries have come a long way and have engaged ourselves in different areas of relations,” he said.

“Let me announce that Nigeria and Germany will soon launch a book on business relations in the last 158 years,’’ he said.

The envoy, who congratulated Nigeria on her 56th Independence Anniversary, said Nigeria would continue to be Germany’s important partner in Africa.

Mr. Herbert said that the German consulate was currently working at making more German businesses and investments come to Nigeria.

The consul-general said that the German Minister of Foreign Affairs would soon be leading a high-powered delegation to Nigeria to further strengthen both countries’ bilateral relations.

Mr. Herbert said the current economic situation in Nigeria would not deter more German companies and investors from doing business in the country.

“We are really trying to get more and more business investments from Germany into Nigeria.

“We know that the times are currently difficult in Nigeria, but we also know that this is the time for more of our companies and investors to come here,’’ he said.

The consul-general also expressed his consulate’s readiness to always issue visas to Nigerians that would present the required information and requirement.

He also restated his government’s commitment to providing technical support to Nigeria for the development of her renewable energy and other sectors.

Mr. Herbert also said that his government would on October 8 flag-off an Urbanisation Exhibition in Lagos, tagged “AFFORDACITY’’, a new paradigm of urban planning and architecture for the 21st African century. (NAN)


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