The British Government has promised to assist Nigeria in its quest for transforming the country’s agriculture to boost food production for local consumption and export. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright made the promise in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Enugu.
Mr. Arkwright who is on his first official tour of some South-East States, said his visit was to explore business opportunities for British investors and support the host-government in such ventures.
“We are also a farming nation in the UK. We have have some great British companies, so we we like to get involved in the agric business here. You have so many great produce, so British business will help Nigeria farmers to improve their crops and ultimately export.”
He announced plans to assist the Ebonyi State Government in production of rice which he said had an exceptional high quality. Mr. Arkwright advised Nigeria Government to develop the alternative power sector and create a robust and friendly environment to attract investors .
“Without power this country cannot really move forward, it’s really important to get that right. Is not just about the national grid, it’s about alternative means, solar energy, afterall, you have so much sunlight here in Nigeria.”
The British High Commissioner who described corruption as a major setback to Nigeria’s development, enjoined the government to build strong institutions to check the trend. Mr. Arkwright said he was fascinated by the hospitality and diversity in Nigeria.