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•Nigeria, South Africa to maintain bi-national conference


The Senate on Thursday urged Nigerians to repair the damage that has been completed to the country’s financial system through the years.

The lawmakers stated the circumstance of the economic system became now not past redemption.

Senate Committee Chairman on foreign Affairs, Mohammed Bulkachuwa, who spoke in Abuja, suggested that the us of a must learn from the Ghanaian revel in of economic downturn within the 1980s and the way the country Reinvigorated its economy.

Bulkachuwa expressed self assurance that the Nigerian economy could bounce back with the commitment of the citizens.

The senator spoke at an interactive session with pinnacle officers of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.

His concern got here as the second batch of Nigerians back from South Africa in the wake of xenophobic attacks on them and different Africans in the former Apartheid enclave.

Bulkachuwa said: “If Ghana, whose economic system changed into in shambles within the Nineteen Eighties with over one hundred Cedis exchanging for one u.S.Dollar can undoubtedly turn round its scenario to what it is these days with 4.2 Cedis changing for a dollar, Nigeria can also do identical if the authorities and the ruled can put their acts together in that admire.”

Condemning the attack on Nigerians in South Africa, the senator stated it's far everyday for humans to transport from their countries of starting place to other lands on the lookout for economic possibilities.

“no longer even advanced or great nations of the sector, just like the united states of the united states (u.S.A), the Republic of China, among others, have all their citizens domiciled at domestic. However what must be addressed by us is to put matters in right shape in order that folks that may be touring out will largely be for tour or tourism motives and no longer to are searching for greener pastures, as it's far now.”

In his submissions earlier than the committee, the permanent Secretary in the overseas Affairs Ministry, Mustapha Suleiman, said a huge range of issues would be tabled at the upcoming Nigeria-South Africa summit.

“specially, during the visit, a Memorandum of know-how (MoU) and other key agreements between the 2 nations might be signed on way of stopping and mitigating such attacks inside the destiny.”

“besides that, composite clever, throughout the visit, the required mechanisms might be put in area for the Nigerian commission there to have facts on Nigerians resident in South Africa.

“As at Wednesday, approximately 821 Nigerians suffering from the current xenophobic assaults have either been evacuated back domestic or have indicated hobby for that cause,” Suleiman said.

Also, the next session of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-countrywide commission (BNC) will keep in Pretoria in October to evolve documented answers to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country.

Suleiman said this the day past when he interfaced with the Senate Committee on overseas Affairs in Abuja.

The everlasting secretary cited that the BNC, as a way to be attended by means of Nigerian and South African officers, become a part of authorities’s efforts at finishing assaults of Nigerian nationals in South Africa.

The information enterprise of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-country wide fee (BNC) turned into mounted in 1999 to promote change and investment in addition to beautify people-to-human beings cooperation and group constructing among the 2 countries.

In line with its statute, the BNC, which turned into being headed via Vice-Presidents of each international locations, become “borne out of a commitment by means of Nigeria and South Africa to efficaciously shape bilateral relations through the established order of a Bi-national commission”.

The yearly assembly of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-countrywide commission, which was being hosted through rotation between each international locations, turned into closing held in 2009.

“essentially, now we're looking to make sure that we've got subsisting agreements with a view to cope with these troubles now and in the future.

“we're searching at different troubles we feel should be part of the definition of the relationship among Nigeria and South Africa.

“The essence of that is that it's going to assist to decide our movements, if such difficulty happens, which I think inside the previous few years we had no longer had such agreements.

“due to the fact xenophobic attacks were occurring over the years but, that is the climax and it has come to fore that South African government need to defend Nigerian residents.

“And it calls for a few kind of documentation, a few sort of knowledge between the two nations as to how it may be remedied,” he said.

The permanent secretary stated President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the ministry to use the convention to bring up all of the troubles which might be tough and demanding Nigeria’s relationship with South Africa.

He stated the Minster of overseas Affairs, Geoffery Onyema, had additionally convened an inter-ministerial meeting with numerous ministries in Nigeria to get inputs on other issues to be added for dialogue at the convention.

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