Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that he is quite surprised that Nigeria does not already have a Nigeria-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Vice President’s observation was contained in a press release made available by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Laolu Akande during a courtesy visit by a delegation lead by the President of the Nigeria-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Obiora Okonkwo.
The Vice President in the statement stated that the formal inauguration of a Nigeria-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry will greatly consolidate efforts made to deepen the long-lasting relationship and invigorate business opportunities for both countries adding that it was never too late to do a good thing.
Okonkwo who was accompanied by a representation from the Russian government, including a special envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Oleg Ozerov, and the country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Alexey Shebarshim said the visit and courtesy call on the VP was a prelude to the formal inauguration of the Nigeria-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry which according to him is an effort aimed at improving the already existing relations between both countries across different sectors including commerce and business, and exploring new opportunities in technology and infrastructure.
On his part, the representative of the Russian government, Mr. Ozerov said the formalization of the pact between Nigeria and Russia was prompted by the need to strengthen relations between both countries especially in the areas of energy, ICT, agriculture, and infrastructure, among others.