The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Pasquire Jerome on Wednesday visited the Oyo State Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde.
The visit is sequel to Makinde’s plans to embrace initiatives from local and foreign investors with a view to bringing development to the state.
The governor-elect told the French delegation that state is blessed with vast land and natural resources needed to be tapped for the interest of the state, especially in the area of human development and agriculture to create employment.
“Oyo State in land mass is actually about the size of Belgium. We have derived Savannah in the north and all the way down to the rain forest in the south. We may by default by blending for the entire country,” he stated.
Responding, the French Ambassador said his country is willing to develop both economic and political relationship with Nigeria and especially Oyo State in different fields.
According to him, France has many companies willing to do businesses in Nigeria.
The French ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer says his government is seeking more bilateral trade investments in Nigeria through the French Development Agency which has committed over one billion Euros by way of loans for various projects.
In an interview at the government House in Benin City, the state capital, the French envoy said his mission in Edo state is to explore the investment opportunities.
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on his part, said the meeting was in line with his policy of wealth creation to dissuade the youths from embarking on fruitless journeys abroad in search of greener pastures.
Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has solicited the cooperation of the French Government to tackle the security problems in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
He made the appeal when the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Labriolle, paid him a visit in the National Assembly.
The Senate President said that Nigeria needs the support of France to train Nigeria’s military personnel and also long and medium term support in tackling Boko Haram.
Senator Saraki also assured the French Ambassador that the crises rocking the National Assembly over the election of its principal officers in both chambers would soon be resolved and would not be allowed to affect the relationship between the Legislature and the Executive.