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Wike Seeks Economic Collaboration with Rwanda and Sweden for FCT Development

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has sought partnerships with Rwanda and Sweden to enhance the economic development of the FCT.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, expressed his interest in collaborating with Rwanda and Sweden for the economic advancement of the FCT. During separate visits from Rwandan High Commissioner Christophe Bazivamo and Swedish Ambassador Annika Hahn-Englund, Wike emphasized the potential benefits of these partnerships.

Highlighting the importance of cooperation with Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Wike proposed collaboration in waste management. He also expressed the FCTA’s eagerness to engage with Swedish investors in the telecommunications and transportation sectors.

Wike acknowledged President Bola Tinubu’s support in making the FCT a secure and attractive location for foreign investors and missions, thanking both envoys for recognizing the improvements in security and infrastructure.

“Be assured that we will continue to cooperate with you. Mr. President has always maintained that there must be a cordial relationship, trying to see that we assist all foreign missions and make sure that security is a priority,” Wike stated. He further emphasized the FCTA’s commitment to supporting the activities of foreign missions and investors in the city.

Rwandan High Commissioner Christophe Bazivamo praised the rapid infrastructural development in the FCT and expressed a desire for Kigali to partner with Abuja in areas such as environmental management and governance. “We have seen the quick changes this period and we want to learn from this speed of implementation to see how our cities can partner, not only in infrastructure development and management but also in environmental management, governance, and tourism,” he said.

Similarly, Swedish Ambassador Annika Hahn-Englund highlighted Sweden’s interest in strengthening the long-standing bilateral relationship with Nigeria. The ambassador expressed enthusiasm for further cooperation, particularly in areas beneficial to both nations’ economic development.

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