The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Abba-Ibrahim, has said that Nigeria will soon stop the importation of wheat from Russia. .
Abba-Ibrahim, represented by Amb. Baba Garba, Director, European Affairs in the ministry, said on Friday in Abuja at the end of the fourth Joint Commission meeting between Russia and Nigeria.
“We import a lot of wheat from Russia and we are telling Russia that this has to stop.
“We want the Russian companies and farmers to come to Nigeria to show us how we can grow our agriculture sector with modern technology,” the minister said.
The Russian delegation was led by Mr Dianov Alexandar Yurievich, Deputy, Head Russian Delegation in Nigeria.
Abba-Ibrahim said the meeting was to foster the existing relationship between the two countries and noted that Nigeria and Russia had enjoyed cordial relations over time.
“Russia has always been in support of Nigeria at different international fora, it has been in support of Nigeria in the area of fighting terrorism,” she said.
Abba-Ibrahim said the meeting considered various areas of cooperation, including solid minerals, atomic energy, trade, power, works and housing, transport, petroleum, communication, water resources, defence, agriculture and health.
She said Russian companies expressed interest in investing in some areas of the Nigerian economy, especially in pursuing the diversification of the economy through mining, agriculture, among others.
“We have two agreements on military cooperation which we have negotiated and are likely to be signed very soon.
“They are on technical cooperation, training and purchase of modern military equipment at a moderate prices than going into the international market,” she said.
Yurievich lauded the cordial relations between the two countries.
He said that the expert meetings showed that many Russian companies were interested in investing in Nigeria, while Nigerian companies also showed interest in Russia.