President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the need to rapidly move away from dependence on crude oil exports for economic survival remains top on the priority of his administration.
He promised to work more closely with other countries being affected by the sharp decrease in oil prices to find a way around the situation.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as speaking, while granting audience to the new Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Mr. Fahad Sefyan, who was in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to present his letter of credence.
He said his administration remained fully committed to faster development of non-oil sectors and the speedy diversification of the country’s economy.
“For more than 30 years, Nigeria has depended on oil as its major source of revenue at the expense of agriculture and the non-oil sector which could be the mainstay of our economy.
“Saudi Arabia has done excellently in manufacturing, building of infrastructure and exploration of solid minerals and I believe that greater bilateral cooperation between us in this regard will be mutually beneficial,” the President reportedly told the new Ambassador.
He added that in keeping with his commitment to the accelerated development of Nigeria’s non-oil sector, the Federal Government would ensure that all pending agreements on trade and economic relations with other countries were speedily concluded and signed.
Buhari, who also received the new Ambassador of Turkey, Mr. Hakan Cakil, and the new Ambassador of Sudan, Mr. Ibrahim Bushra Mohammed, commended Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Sudan for their cooperation with Nigeria in the war against terrorism.
The President restated his conviction that the war against terrorism in Nigeria and other countries can only be won with greater and more effective international collaboration.
All the new ambassadors assured Buhari that they will work very hard to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and their respective countries.
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