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Turkey and Nigeria keen to work together in road development


Minister of Trade for the Republic of Turkey, Rushar Pekan, has said that the country is looking to increase its trade volume in Nigeria in road construction and engineering.

Speaking during a visit to the Minister of Works and Housing (FMWH), Babatunde Fashola, Pekan said that the Turkish state seeks to increased collaboration with the FMWH, describing Nigeria as one of the most important countries and the biggest economy in Africa.

Pekan continued that Nigeria had great potential in road construction and engineering, adding that her country was blessed with experts in the respective fields.

She therefore urged the ministry to consider Turkish investors in the identified sectors.

The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, agreed there was a need for more collaboration between Nigeria and Turkey, saying: “In order to achieve success in our development since Nigeria and Turkey have common development goals, there is need to share knowledge in technological investment.

“We also need to collaborate in engineering design and construction for the purpose of providing infrastructure for development.”

The ministry is interested in partnering with Turkey in the development of greenfield and brownfield projects, the construction and production of affordable housing, capacity development and mentoring in public private partnerships.

Additionally, Aliyu continued, the FMWH was open to partnerships with local and foreign investors in the construction of roads across the country.