Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has indicated his administration’s interest to partner with Germany in order to improve power, transportation, technology and finance development to give a quantum leap to establishment and sustenance of businesses in the State.
Governor Ambode, made this known at the Lagos House in Ikeja, while playing host to the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck. He said his administration was also favourably disposed to a sister-city relationship between Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, and Frankfurt, the commercial hub of Germany, especially in the area of financial service sector.
He told the German President that his administration had instituted security and legal reforms to ensure a thriving business environment, and readily eager to explore the common interests between the state and Frankfurt, which is also Germany’s financial capital.
Ambode said discussion were ongoing with some German firms to replace most rickety public transport buses with more quality ones from Germany, adding that he was also considering creation of an assembling plants and workshop plants for the buses in Lagos to grow the economy of Lagos and Germany.
The German President Gauck, who is visiting West Africa for the first time on his part, expressed his willingness to share his country’s experiences in the field of science and technology, especially in the areas of capacity building.
President Gauck, who spoke through an interpreter, pledged that Germany will assist Nigeria with the technical know-how to successfully fight terrorism.
He said the purpose of his visit to the country was to strengthen the cordial relationship between the two countries and to forge additional trade ties, said he was willing to share his countries experiences in the field of science and technology, especially in the areas of capacity building, expressing confidence in steps being taken by the present government in the country to address the nation’s challenges.
“I am delighted to be here in Lagos and we in Germany and in Europe are more than aware of the importance of this city as a centre of business, of political development, of creativity and intellectively in the art of West Africa. At the same time I am delighted to be here in Lagos on my very first visit to Nigeria. I am happy to learn more and hear more about the successes of this country and the problems it has to tackle.
“My visit is meant to underline the friendly close ties existing between Germany and Nigeria. We have great interest in the area of trade. We in Germany are ready to share our experiences in those areas where you think they might prove helpful or necessary and we are happy to share the experiences we have acquired in fostering security and fostering social security.
“We are happy to share the knowledge we have acquired in the field of science and technology and cooperate with you and we are also happy to the knowledge we have when it comes to bringing about a fruitful cooperation between the business communities to bring about benefit for all.
“That is all we want to talk about and look at the potentials on these subjects and other matters. I am happy not only to get an opportunity to meet the representatives of the business community and to get to know more about the strength of assisting this country in those areas but also to have the opportunity to learn more about the culture in diversity that this country has to offer.
“I refer to business delegation that is accompanying me on this visit. Amongst them you have experienced personalities, people who have been here for quite a while and have acquired crucial beneficial experiences in doing business here on the ground. At the same time we also want to be of assistance when it comes to providing training; we believe that the German model in the area of training can be adopted here,” he said.
President Gauck is scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari later in the week.