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Friday, 8 December 2017

Nigeria-Australia Relations: Lehmann Says Distance Will Not Be A Barrier


The Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Lehmann,  talking on the channels television morning Program Sunrise daily, says the geographical distance between Nigeria and Australia will not define the relationship between the two countries.

According to him, the Australian government would continue to expand its trade and economic relations with Nigeria, especially in the extractive industry.

“Certainly, one of my primary objectives is to explore ways we can deepen and broaden the trade and investment relationship between Nigeria and Australia,” Lehmann said.

“And there are certainly expertise and other investment opportunities that Australian companies can potentially bring to Nigeria, particularly in the minerals and extractive sector.”

The diplomat also commended the efforts of the Federal Government to diversify the economy, saying Nigeria and Australia are on the same page.

He said: “We certainly support the Nigerian government’s aims to diversify the economy, it is something that the Australian government is also trying to do at home.

“So, we understand that language and we want to participate in that. We think that we have some particular skills, attributes, and advantages we can bring to that story here in Nigeria.”

On the security situation of the country, the Australian High Commissioner said Nigeria was not the only country affected, adding that even the international community is concern about the issue.

He, however, said the Australia government would work with Nigeria and other counties affected to tackle the scourge of insecurity.

“As for the security, this is a complex one for Nigeria but it’s not just for Nigeria because these issues transcend national borders.

“They indeed transcend continental boundaries and, of course, the Australian government is committed to participating in international and regional efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism wherever it happens,” Lehmann said.

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