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The Government of India in November offered a grant assistance of N19.89 million (equivalent to US$55,000) to the Lagos-based Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), for the procurement of the equipment for the digitization of the library of NIIA.

This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by Garika Tejeswar, Second Secretary (Pol Info) High commission of India, Abuja, stressing that India and Nigeria enjoy warm, friendly and deep-rooted bilateral relations.

He noted that 2018 marks an important milestone in the bilateral relations between India and Nigeria as it ushers in sixty (60) years of diplomatic engagement between the two counties. India established its Diplomatic House in Lagos in November 1958, two years prior to Nigeria’s independence.

“India is emerging as a development partner of Nigeria by offering grants and concessional loans in the areas of interest to Nigeria. During the Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance (ISA) that was held in India in March 2018 India announced a concessional loan of US$75 million for two solar projects. This is in addition to the US$100 million LOC already offered to Nigeria, of which projects in Kaduna and Cross Rivers amounting to US$60 million are under implementation,” the statement said.

He added that India’s renewed commitment to Africa was enunciated by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi earlier this year through announcement of Ten Guiding principles for India’s engagement with Africa; and in this context, India would continue to support the efforts of African countries in their national development.

 

Innocent Odoh, Abuja

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