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UK and Norway Pledge Support to Nigeria’s O&G Sector

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The UK and the Norwegian governments pledged their respective support to drive growth and development in the Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. The two countries reiterated their commitment at the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, in Abuja.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said Nigeria was the country’s second largest partner in Africa, adding that 95% of UK’s import was from Nigeria. “We have a very strong bilateral and we have strong ambition with what we are doing with Nigeria,” she said

She went on to say that the UK was ready to aid Nigeria in tackling some of its problems in the sector.

For his part, Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, said President Muhammadu Buhari needed the oil sector to tackle numerous challenges in the country. Intimating that Nigeria should take heed of Norway’s example, noting that the oil sector had been used to develop Norway and by extension enhance growth and development.

“If the oil and gas sector is well developed and managed well, it will be useful in solving many of the problems in Nigeria. President Buhari needs to support the sector because it is very relevant for the development of the country,” he said.