The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Nikolay
Udovichenko, on Saturday announced that the Nigerian and Russian Governments
plan to sign an agreement for the establishment of a multifunctional
scientific research nuclear centre in Nigeria.

Udovichenko, who disclosed this in Lagos at this year’s Alumni
Congress of the Soyuznik Alumni Association in Nigeria, said that the
Nigerian and Russian governments had been negotiating for the centre’s

The theme of the congress was “Harnessing The Potentials of the
Nigerian Graduates of Higher Institutions of former USSR States”.

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“Bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Russia is blessed with huge
potential in every avenue.

“Nuclear energy development is another area with good prospects for
our two countries’ cooperation.
“This June, we expect to sign a bilateral agreement for the
establishment of a multifunctional scientific centre in Nigeria,’’ he

The Envoy also said that his government was working at reactivating
its Trade Representation in Nigeria, to further promote trade and
economic relations between the two countries.

Udovichenko, who said that thousands of Nigerians had over the years
benefited from quality education in Russia, also announced his
government’s plan to sustain the scholarship programme for more

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The Envoy said that it was imperative for such Nigerians to use their
knowledge for the development of their country, as well as strengthening ties
with the Russians.

President of Soyuznik and Chairman of the ceremony, Otunba Henry
Ajomale, said that the association was made up of academicians,
medical doctors, engineers, diplomats, political administrators and heads
of professional organizations trained by the Russian government.

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Ajomale expressed the gratitude of the beneficiaries to the countries that
formed the former Soviet Union for bequeathing a lasting legacy, with
which they could contribute to the development of Nigeria.

“We should not forget to celebrate our common heritage as
beneficiaries of a unique programme by the former Soviet Government
that gave us the opportunity to become what we are today,’’ he said.

The Soyunik Alumni Association of Nigeria, is the association of
Nigerian graduates trained by the the Former Soviet Union and
Commonwealth of Independent States(CIS).(NAN)