Minister of Niger Delta affairs, Pastor Usani Usani, has called on Britain to assist Nigeria diversify its economy from oil to agriculture and other products.
The minister, who pleaded with the British High Commissioner, Ambassador Paul Arkwright, said Britain should lend a voice for Nigeria at the World Trade Organisation for its agriculture produce, especially following the restriction on exportation of grains from Nigeria.
Pastor Usani said there was a need for the British government to continue to support the federal government in areas of capacity building in agriculture and industry with a view to improving the Nigerian economy.
He assured the United Kingdom that its interest in the oil rich region of the country as well as assisting to ensure the environmental standard that is obtainable in western countries is replicated in the oil and gas sectors of the country was appreciated.
Earlier, Ambassador Arkwright had explained that they were in the ministry to keep abreast with the minister’s key priority as well as offer support to the ministry ahead of the forth coming election in Bayelsa State, which is in the Niger delta region.
He said since the Niger Delta was crucial in the economy of Nigeria, it would only be natural to assist with the needed support to develop the region.
Minister of State, Prof Claudius Daramola, thanked the British officials for endeavouring to sustain the existing relationship between the ministry and Britain, even as he pledged cordial working relationship between them.

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