Ambode, Ajomale urge FG to seek bilateral relations with Russia on power

Ambode, Ajomale urge FG to seek bilateral relations with Russia on power


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and the State Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Henry Ajomale, have urged Federal government to strengthen its ties with Russia in order to revamp the country’s economy, especially in power supply.

They said this at the 2016 Alumni Congress of SOYUZNIC Alumni Association of Nigeria, a body of Nigerian Graduates trained in the former Soviet Union and Commonwealth of Independence States (CIS) in Lagos.

They noted that the nation would need to rely heavily on Russia’s expertise in its quest to diversify the economy. According to Ambode,” Bilateral cooperation between Russia and Nigeria is blessed with huge potential in every avenue. However, of special interest and attention is the economy. Specific opportunities abound for cooperation in energy, infrastructure projects, metallurgy and mining.

“The fate of Ajaokuta metallurgy plant built with the assistance of Soviet Union has been widely spoken about. Over a thousand Soviet and three thousand Nigerian specialists worked on the construction of that plant.

“I would like to state clearly that the Russian company, ‘Tyazhpromexport’, which built the Ajaokuta plant has already declared readiness to join in the process of the plant restoration, to carry out a technical audit and work out plans for resuscitating the steel plant,” he added.

He further stated that there are a lot of expertise that the Russians had gotten over many years and they have perfected it. In his words, “They have expertise in virtually everything in the old Soviet Union and in Russia and if we can tap into it, it will be better for Nigeria.”


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