Trade is low between Nigeria and Pakistan.
A former President of the Yoruba Community of Nigeria in Pakistan, Khalifa Babs, has said that the community fully supports Nigeria’s Ambassador, Dauda Danladi’s decision to contribute significantly to the establishment of Pakistan- Nigeria Trade Forum to meet the socio-economic needs of both countries.
Mr. Khalifa who spoke recently at a parley in Islamabad said the support became necessary because democratic and business environment is very conducive in the two nations.
Mr. Khalifa said Nigeria can benefit a lot from Pakistan’s agricultural expertise to regain its agricultural glory, pointing out that recently Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Muhammad Ashraf Saleem, stressed the need to boost ties between two countries through agricultural development.
Mr. Khalifa also said he is not satisfied with the level of the economic relationship between Nigeria and Pakistan.
“It is very minimal to the volume of between $115 million and $20 million. We must take it to, at least, $2 billion per year because the scope is there and we have the capacity, this is something that can be achieved and it must be achieved,” he said.
He also urged the Yoruba Diaspora in Pakistan to join hands with Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan to achieve the United Nation’s Development Goals in Nigeria and become part of the nation’s collective efforts in building a better future for present and future generations of Nigerians.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has very rightly pointed out that Nigerian Diaspora should be agents of economic change, Investment and Development of Federal Republic of Nigeria owing to the fact that currently the Federal Republic of Nigeria is passing through a Transformation Agenda to achieve the ultimate goal of emerging economic tiger of African Continent.
“Nigerian Diaspora in Pakistan must now forget their internal differences and look for a deepen collaboration strategy to support national development for the better future of our beloved fatherland and look into the possibilities of investment potentials in the proposed Centenary city by building Nigerian Diaspora Village, Pakistan,” he added.
He also suggested that all the Nigerians in Pakistan should gather under the flag of Nigerian Community in Pakistan and organise Nigerian Diaspora Pakistan Conference under the umbrella of Nigeria High Commission in Islamabad as soon as after Eid-el-Fitr celebration and evolve comprehensive strategy on how Nigerian Diaspora in Pakistan can play their positive role in Nigeria’s nation building.
“There is no better time than now for the Yoruba Community of Nigeria in Pakistan to take historic initiative under the leadership of the Founding President of Yoruba Community of Nigeria in Pakistan, Chief, Isaac .O. A Omomolesho who is our elder statesman thereby engaging the scattered Nigerians across Pakistan to join the development of Pakistan and Nigeria with their expertise and financial acumen,” he said.
Highlighting the future role of Nigerian Diaspora in Pakistan, Mr. Babs said since Yoruba Community of Nigeria forum works under the Nigerian Community and Nigerian High Commission, therefore, “it becomes our prime responsibility to encourage the spirit of networking amongst Nigerians across Pakistan and promote the principles of good relations amongst us besides the spirit of patriotism and whole hearted participation in the affairs of Nigeria back home.”
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