As part of promoting improved economic relations between Nigeria and Germany, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Tuesday lead a five-man delegation on a three-day visit to the country’s parliament- the Bundestag.
The visit, which is also for the purpose of peer review, according to a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President on Monday morning, the Senators will at different times meet with the President of the Bundestag, Mrs Dreyer, her Deputy, Johannes Singhammer, the Parliamentary State Secretary in charge of the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Thomas Silberhorn, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, head of Julius Berger, Mr. Walter J. Lindener and President of the Berlin House of Representatives, Ralf Wieland.
The delegation would “also hold discussions with economic representatives of the German-African Business Association, the Parliamentary Friendship Group for relations with the English and Portuguese speaking States of West and Central Africa of the Bundestag and attend plenary of the German Parliament.
“The legislators, apart from visiting important legislative institutions in Berlin, will hold discussions with Nigerian embassy officials and discuss possible ways of engaging with the German authorities to further attract German investment into Nigeria and improve economic relations between both countries,” the statement added.
The visit by the Senate leadership will offer “opportunities for the visitors to explain the economic policies of the present administration and the legislative support being offered by the National Assembly in that regard. The Senators will further solicit support from the Germans for Nigeria’s drive for diversification of its economy and solicit the support of the German business community,” it added.
The visit is to begin with a visit to a German Village, Feldheim, the first community in the country to achieve 100% self-sufficiency in renewable energy, to enable the Nigerian delegation “learn a few things on how to resolve the nation’s perennial energy crisis.”
On the delegation and expected to hold series of meetings with the leadership of the German Parliament and the German-African business groups are: Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, Committee on Power, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Chairman, Committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari.