2 December 2008

Nigeria: Govt Reopens Embassy in Kuwait

Lagos — Nigeria has officially reopened its embassy in Kuwait after a year closure. The new ambassador was received by His Highness the Amir as he submitted his credentials to the Kuwaiti government.

In his goodwill message, the new Nigerian Ambassador Bala Ahmed Gusau urged Nigerians in Kuwait to be good ambassadors for their country. He lauded Nigeria-Kuwait ties as worthy of emulation and praise, reports Chidi Emmanuel for the Kuwaiti Times.

We are going to continue in our quest, not only to improve the person-to-person relationship between the two nations and the region, but also in commercial and other areas of interaction," he said.

Gusau praised Kuwait's government for its efforts in fostering peace and harmony in the region. "Nigeria and Kuwait have enjoyed a good mutual relationship. We have a lot of things in common and we will continue to work together as good partners," he said. The envoy emphasized the shared interest between the two oil giants. He also highlighted the great possibilities offered in Nigeria for Kuwaiti investors, saying "There is a lot of potential in Nigeria to attract Kuwaiti investors. Nigeria has done a l

ot in making the country an investors' haven.

Regarding the economy, Gusau said that the present Nigerian administration has embarked on various reform programs aimed at setting the economy on the path of growth and development. In the area of tourism, he said that Nigeria has opened its doors for tourism, urging Kuwaitis and expatriates to make use of the tremendous investment opportunities in tourism, solid minerals, telecommunication, oil and gas and the agricultural sector. "Nigeria, a country of 140 million people, offers great opportunities. The

se opportunities are too good to overlook," he stressed.

Nigeria opened its first diplomatic mission in Kuwait in December 1980. The embassy was later shut down in 2007. However, Kuwait opened an embassy in Nigeria in May 2005 in a bid to bolster relations with the country. Although the Middle East is not a traditionally popular destination (like Europe and America) for Nigerians, in recent years it has become home to around 300 Nigerians, who are involved in professional fields including health care, engineering, the media and the educational sector

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