President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-African Summit is aimed at strengthening both countries bilateral relationships.
According to the president’s Special Assistant on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, the following were the highlights of their discussions:
President @MBuhari’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin today touched on:
Solid Minerals (Ajaokuta Steel Mill & ALSCON)
– Oil and Gas (JVs between NNPC & Lukoil; and between NNPC & Gazprom)
– Rail Transport
– Security Cooperation
– Education#PMBinRussia pic.twitter.com/b8UHrqTork
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) October 23, 2019
- Agreement on a Joint Venture between Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Russia-based Lukoil, focused on refinery revitalization.
- Nigeria and Russia agreed to revive and solidify the venture between the NNPC and Russia’s Gazprom for gas Infrastructure development in Nigeria.
- 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.
- Russia agreed to construct a 1,400 kilometer Rail Line from Lagos to Calabar.
- Discussions moved ahead on Russian plan to establish a nuclear power plant in Nigeria. President Putin said next step should be commencement of construction.
- 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.
- President Putin agreed to support Nigeria with military equipment, Infrastructure and training.
- President Buhari assured speedy resolution of entanglements surrounding matter of Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria, ALSCON, Ikot-Abasi, Akwa-Ibom State.
- 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.
- 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.
- President Buhari asked President Russia to support Nigeria’s aspiration for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.