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Tinubu, PM Rutte of The Netherlands evolve roadmap for bilateral trade opportunities across sectors

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (l) and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of The Netherlands Photo: State House

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu reaffirms Nigeria is well-positioned to power the clean energy future of Europe and the entire world with its high-grade lithium deposits, informing Prime Minister Mark Rutte of The Netherlands the country offers several opportunities in solid minerals, and other sectors

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reaffirmed that Nigeria is well-positioned to power the clean energy future of Europe and the entire world with its high-grade lithium deposits.

Tinubu stated this during a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of The Netherlands Thursday, April 25, 2024, in his official residence, known as The Catshuis in The Hague.

The President informed his host, that the West African country offers immense opportunities across a pool of sectors and that his administration is deepening reforms to enhance the investment climate.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement, noted the Nigerian also said the country seeks robust, balanced, and mutually beneficial partnerships that will bring about value-addition in areas like solid minerals.

Tinubu stated: “Taking a holistic view of the world order, there is a tremendous opportunity between us across trade spheres but especially in solid minerals, where we have high-grade lithium deposits that we know can power the clean energy future of the world.

“There is excellent value-additive opportunity in Nigeria.

“The world knows us for oil. They will soon know us for greater innovative exploits in other areas.”

Comparative advantage of Nigeria’s dynamic, talented young population: Tinubu

In terms of the massive, energetic and talented workforce in the country, President Tinubu told PM Rutte: “We have an extremely dynamic youth population in Nigeria.

“It is a young country. 70% of our people are under the age of 30, and when we are referring to 200 million plus citizens, it represents both a massive workforce and a massive market for Dutch and other international investors.

“If our young people know they can achieve a good future in Nigeria, they will stay home and build our nation to greatness.

“Lawful migration of trained Nigerian minds and hands will be a benefit to Europe, and irregular migration will no longer be a source of fear in Europe if we partner effectively.”

The President further said: “This is what we want, and it is why we are adamant about providing student loans and new credit opportunities to not only enhance the skills of our people but also to ensure that they can access a higher quality of life within their legitimate incomes.

“We will transform our economy, and our young people will be the reason why.”

The Presidential Spokesman noted Tinubu asserted that Nigerians have tremendous confidence in themselves, and that his confidence in the Nigerian people gave him the courage to take difficult decisions on their behalf, given his full awareness of the need to give Nigerians the long-term tools they need to succeed.

“I am a determined leader of my people. I have and will continue to take the difficult decisions that will benefit our people, even if there is short-term pain.”

The Nigerian leader equally stated: “We have gone through the worst of the storms. I am unafraid of the consequences once I know that my actions are in the best long-term interests of all Nigerians.

“The Nigerian Naira is one of the world’s best performing currencies today. We took the necessary risk, and all resilient Nigerians kept faith with us.

“They will be rewarded, and the reward will only be greater as we partner effectively with you on new opportunities for development.

“As leaders, we must take decisions for the benefit of our nations, and we cannot shy away from that.”

Tinubu’s economic reforms engender greater confidence in Nigerian economy, says PM Rutte

Speaking during the meeting in The Hague, Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands noted that President Tinubu’s economic reforms have engendered greater confidence in the Nigerian economy by international investors.

Rutte disclosed the Dutch investors have activated another set of $250 million worth of new investments over the next few months, including a $100 million investment in a waste-to-wealth industrial facility in Lagos State.

The Prime Minister stated: “You are promoting democratic governance, and the solutions it can bring in dealing with problems of development.

“I saw how you went through democratic channels to remove an incumbent President in 2015 in partnership with President Buhari and how that has led to development in your country.”

Rutte also affirmed: “I saw you take the courageous decision to deal with fuel subsidies and other reforms, and we are interested in what allowed you to take the decisions that many before you could not take.

“And you took those decisions early in your term. It shows rare determination.

“And your stand in ECOWAS, all of these point to your commitment in leadership.”

Tinubu further expressed his firm commitment to advancing the developmental partnership between the European Union (EU) and Nigeria.

The President noted that symbiotic economic ties remain the best long-term path to sustainable and mutual prosperity rather than one-sided relationships in which bilateral trade is skewed too much in a direction.

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