UK Sends Officials To Help Fix Nigeria’s Economic Recession & Insecurity Problem

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September 3rd, 2016 – UK Sends Officials To Help Fix Nigeria’s Economic Recession & Insecurity Problem

The UK will assist Nigeria to overcome its current economic and security challenges, UK Minister for International Development, James Wharton, has said.

Wharton told the NAN in an interview in Abuja that he was in Nigeria to assess some of the definite challenges.

According to him, Nigeria in spite of the challenges has great potential in human and natural resources as well as opportunities to overcome the current challenges.

“This is clearly a country with incredible opportunity with amazing people, with a real deep, strong link and friendship with the United Kingdom but which faces challenges.
“The Government of the United Kingdom must help Nigeria to overcome some of the challenges in the overall interest of the people of Nigeria and the UK.
“There are the security and humanitarian issues in the North-East, there are clearly economic challenges, the price of oil hasn’t helped,” he said.

Wharton noted that there were institutional challenges which UK would be able to help and strengthen institutions of government and the civil society.

“We want to be very clear that the UK recognises the scale of the challenges and is committed to supporting Nigeria through what is a very significantly very difficult period.
“But I have no doubt that Nigeria has a very bright and positive future and the UK has a role to play in that,” he said.

He said the UK spends nearly 500 million pounds annually in support to Nigeria, from technical assistance, strengthening of institutions to security assistance in the North-East.
The UK minister said he was in Nigeria to ensure that the UK aid was well spent to make a difference to the lives of Nigerian people.

According to him, UK wants to continue to work with Nigeria as a friendly international partner to see Nigeria overcome the challenges it presently faces.
He said he was also in the country to see continuity in the trade growth with Nigeria as a significant trade partner of the UK.

Wharton said that UK was monitoring the situation in the Niger Delta and the negative impact on the economy of Nigeria and the communities that were directly affected.

“It is clearly a very difficult situation and we will work very closely, we will continue to have talks, discussions with those who are currently trying to address the challenges.
“It is important things are done in the right ways and support is planned in the right way and delivered very appropriately.”

Wharton, who is on a three-day official visit to Nigeria, also said that his country was committed to the anti-corruption agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“My colleague, the UK Home Office Minister, Robert Goodwill, was here early this week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to that effect.
“Generally, we need to go through a full judicial process before funds can be repatriated. The Government of United Kingdom is committed to working with Nigeria to do that.
“And indeed, the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Minister of State (Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs) early this week underlies the strength of that commitment,” he said.

Wharton said his visit was a first important step in reaffirming that the success of Africa’s most populous country matters to the UK and to the continent as a whole.

The visit was the first Department for International Development ministerial visit since a new cabinet was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May and since the UK voted to leave the EU.

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24 thoughts on “UK Sends Officials To Help Fix Nigeria’s Economic Recession & Insecurity Problem

  1. NOOOOOOOOOOO. uk send officials to nigeria to help hausas colonize Biafrans. thank God we are not stupid like the british.

  2. Hmm…what was signed exactly? Am not very comfortable with this.
    Outsiders penetrate easily when the house is divided among itself.
    That Natural Resources is what everybody want to be in charge of.

    I better shake off this thoughts. They’re too black and heavy for me. Our past will make us stronger if the need arises

  3. We hope helping Nigeria’s security etc is genuine and will not translate into more serious instability as seen elsewhere around the globe where foreigners inter meddled in affairs of independent Nations only to plunge those Nations into civil war.

  4. we all know the white people are devlish in character they give you an egg only to collect a full chicken from you… i pray nothing bad come from this end

  5. Ewoooooooooo, so finally we have invited them to come and take the little they left behind. I really pity my country Nigeria. Chukwu nna Biko come to our rescue.

  6. One of the UK delegates named Wharton has indeed made a nice point in the aspect of fighting corruption and to successfully recover our looted funds by the corrupt PDP government officials in the past administration. He has made a brilliant mention of what buhari led government need to have in place to successfully beat and kill endemic corruption in nigeria. Anyway,it was a point I stressed earlier in an article of JOHN UZIE that the current government need “a full judicial process” to fight corruption and come up victorious. They do not only need “full judicial process” to repatriate our stolen money from overseas but also should have it in place to tackle suspected corrupt money lunderers in the country. Economic partnership with the british can also play a good role. We have many things to benefit in bilateral trade and invention of technology that are very much advance to help in fixing so many of our outdated technological instruments in our power sector and beyond. The list of the benefit is endless if the nigerian government can work cooperatively with there UK counterpart.

  7. buhari is indirectly selling nigeria to UK,in disguise of uk coming to help on economic recesion and insecurity problem

  8. I like how nigerians always speak of foreigners wanting to “destroy” the country. No jobs,no roads and infrastrusture,no electricity,no healthcare,no education,no security,no water nothing! They left us 60 years ago and with each year its been a bigger mess. Cleary we cannot govern ourselves. Who independence epp?

    • @ Yoyo thanks for your comments. There are lot of things that we Nigerians do not know. Only thing we are good at is criticism without bringing in any solution. Infact the British has done us more goods than the opposite. All the infrastructures they provided us prior independence is what we are still using today. There is no doubt that we Our leaders are just useless, clueless and lack ability to govern.

      I heard some people saying that the British wouldn’t have given us our independence if they discovered that we have oil. That is a lie. We got our sovereignty from the British in 1960 and the oil was discovered before 1959. If the British depended on our oil so bad, they could have done everything to keep the power. They knew we have that oil but they have foreshadowed that we are going to fail in governing ourselves.

      After 1960, we still running to them for help. Don’t allow British in Nigeria again because they are coming to enslave us, they want to steal our resources. Are you not enslaving yourself already?. Go to British or American Embassy everyday and see how people want to surrender themselves for modern slavery in UK and other developed nations. We should be ashamed that without our oil UK still surviving and we are the ones running and begging them for help. There is no functioning government in Africa after white people left and gave us independence. The only functioning one is South Africa because it was govern by the white.

      My advise for the current president Buhari is to accept whatever help he needs to move this Country forward. We should not care where the help comes from even if it is from Ghana. We need to swallow our pride and come up with solution instead of criticizing and running our mouth for nothing. Nigerians are tired of starving in the midst of plenty. This process is a way of going back to the drawing board by re-evaluating ourselves that are we better of under British? because it has clearly shown that we cannot govern ourselves period.

  9. I always here Nigeria call themselves Giant of Africa, are they still Giant of Africa? South Africa struggle with their Economy but never implore any help of Foreign country. woeeee to you Nigerian Leaders. even at that South Africa represents Africa in G20 submit always. WOee to you Nigerian Leaders, Obasanjo woeee to you, all you do is to go in and out of Aso Rock,

  10. Nawaooo so finally Nigeria is coming close to destruction by inviting the UK government to their rescue, baba God na hand we dey

  11. **************** It’s never a bad idea to look beyond the shores of our country for a more competent individual expert/organisation to render a service that will be of immense benefits to the wellbeing of our economy. United kingdom was a typical example during its own difficult time. It happened few years ago, when mark carney was brought in from Canada as Bank of England governor and the chairman of the monetary policy. Nigerians are blessed with lot of talents without any doubt, but when situations like this occurs we must always be prepared to look beyond our noses, As desperate times requires desperate solution. It will be inappropriate for us to come against such an incredible measure to turn things around for the better. The world has become a global village where we need each other more than ever before. In my opinion, we will be doing our selves a great favour if the path to our economy revival is not taken for granted. I hope that the current administration will consider this as a matter of urgency. You can not do things same way all the time and expect to get a different result.

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