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Qatar to invest $5bn in Nigeria, says Onyeama

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Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Godfrey Onyeama, has disclosed that the oil-rich state of Qatar plans to invest a total of $5 billion in the country’s economy.

Mr Onyeama made the disclosure on Sunday at a send-forth dinner in honour of Nigeria’s Ambassador-designate to the State of Qatar, who is also the outgoing Director of Protocol at the State House, Yakubu Ahmed.

The minister further said there had been discussions with Qatar on partnership with Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, SWF, for significant investments in the region of $5 billion in the Nigerian economy.

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According to him, ‘‘Qatar is a weighty and strategic country and very strategic in that part of the world and we are putting our best feet forward to advance the interest of our country economically and in other areas.”

He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had visited the State of Qatar in 2016 and the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani, reciprocated with a State visit in 2019.

Mr Onyeama also explained that only trusted hands with a track record of diligence, experience and professionalism in the Foreign Service were recently appointed career ambassadors by the federal government.

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The minister said the appointment of Ahmed and other career ambassadors were predicated on posting dedicated and keen Foreign Service practitioners to serve as image makers of the country.

He said: ‘‘Ambassador Yakubu Ahmed is a dedicated professional with a penchant for rigour and detail. He is very capable and one of the best in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is personable, affable, extremely friendly, dispassionate and objective.

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‘‘He is going to head a very important mission, a very important country, reckoned to be one of the richest countries in the world, per capita, and there’s a lot we will be doing with the State of Qatar.”

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