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Nigerian Embassy in Qatar celebrates 59th Independence Day

Nigerian Embassy in Qatar celebrates 59th Independence Day

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA
A number of diplomats and community members gathered to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Nigeria’s National Day, at a reception held on Tuesday.
Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Eritrea HE Ali Ibrahim Ahmed and ambassadors of Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam, Brunei, Senegal and Tanzania attended the reception.
The celebrations were led by Nigerian Embassy Charge d’Affaires Auwalu Namadina who started the ceremony by paying tributes to former Nigerian Ambassador to Qatar who passed away last year.
The gathering was entertained by Nigerian artiste Gloria Ochoche.
Speaking at the event, Auwalu said Qatar and Nigeria enjoy warm and cordial relations since the opening of the Nigerian embassy in Doha in 2013.
“As a mark of this cordiality, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani exchanged visits to each other’s country in February, 2016, and April, 2019 respectively,” he said.
He said both countries have signed bilateral services and avoidance of taxation agreements.
“The two countries are working on concluding other bilateral agreements aimed at expanding investment portfolios for mutual benefits,” he said.
Auwalu appreciated Qatar’s leadership saying Qatar has been home for many Nigerians working and contributing to various sectors of the Qatari economy.
“Nigeria, and indeed Africa, need capital injection into their economies and partnership for mutual benefits,” he said.
He said Nigeria is blessed with considerable natural resources such as oil, natural gas, tin, iron, ore, coal, zinc, lead niobium, limestone and arable land with good rains.
“These are some of the investment potentials of the country. Nigeria has a policy that provides conducive environment for foreign direct investment (FDI) and is one of the destinations with highest investment returns.”
He said Nigeria has participated in many of the United Nations programmes on peace and security. “Currently, the country holds the presidency of UNGA for 2019-2022, with Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande as the president.

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