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    Babatunde Akinsola
    Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday in Abuja called for closer bilateral ties between Nigeria and Belgium toward mutual economic advancement of the two countries.

    2e9ef955afa83e1dcebb671c63ea5b6bThe FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, who was represented by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr John Chukwu, made the call when he received the Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Dirk Verheyen.

    Mohammed restated the fact that Nigeria’s relationship with Belgium dated back to the time of scramble and partition of Africa when Belgium played a leading role.

    The minister said that Abuja, which is the seat of government had played important role in the political and economic life of the nation.

    He told the ambassador that the forthcoming World Economic Forum (WEF), which would hold in Abuja on May 7, would address economic development and cooperation among countries.

    Earlier, the ambassador said his visit was to brief the minister on the purpose and objective of trade mission.

    He described Nigeria as the most important country that Belgium would be delighted to have closer ties with.

    He said that 60 Belgian companies would be coming to Nigeria as part of the trade mission, and about 15 out of this number had declared their interest to invest in the FCT.

    “They have special interest to interact with FCTA officials; some of them are interested in the health, transportation and construction sectors of the FCT,” he said.

    Verheyen noted that bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Belgium had not been as robust as it ought to be.

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