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Highlights of Buhari’s bilateral meeting at Sochi, Russia

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Tolu Ogunlesi, the Special Adviser to President Buhari has disclosed the highlights of Buhari’s bilateral meeting which held at Sochi, Russia. Tolu made this known in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle.

Highlights of the Bilateral that took place today in Sochi, Russia:

  1. Agreement on a JV between Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Russia-based Lukoil, focused on refinery revitalization.

  2. Nigeria and Russia agreed to revive and solidify the venture between the NNPC and Russia’s Gazprom for gas Infrastructure development in Nigeria.

  3. President Buhari request for the return of Russia, on a government-to-government basis, to complete and launch the abandoned Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill. Request was accepted by President Putin.

  4. Russia agreed to construct a 1,400 kilometer Rail Line from Lagos to Calabar.

  5. Discussions moved ahead on Russian plan to establish a nuclear power plant in Nigeria. President Putin said next step should be commencement of construction.

  6. President Buhari agreed to renew Nigeria-Russia Military Technical Agreement, “within the shortest possible time.” Agreement will propel Nigeria’s efforts to purchase military hardware from Russia on government-to-government basis, and also underpin training.

  7. President Putin agreed to support Nigeria with military equipment, Infrastructure and training.

  8. President @MBuhari assured speedy resolution of entanglements surrounding matter of Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria, ALSCON, Ikot-Abasi, Akwa-Ibom State.

  9. Russia assured of additional scholarships to Nigerians. Also promised Russian support for Nigeria’s efforts to attain self-sufficiency in Wheat production and fertilizer production. Russia is number one wheat producer in the world; also rich in Potassium

  10. Nigeria and Russia agreed to work to organize a Joint Commission meeting to review and ratify all agreements in Intergovernmental Nigeria-Russia Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation Protocol of November 11, 2016.

  11. President @MBuhari asked President Russia to support Nigeria’s aspiration for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

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