Nigeria will quickly obtain drones and helicopters from Turkey to struggle insecurity within the nation.
Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar, made this recognized through the commemoration of the 99th National Day of the Republic of Turkey in Abuja on Friday.
He mentioned drones and helicopters from Turkey would quickly arrive in Nigeria as a part of efforts to strengthen the safety structure of the nation as espoused by the defence cooperation contract signed between each international locations in 2021.
He famous that Turkey was set to increase all types of help to Nigeria in its efforts to counter its safety threats by sharing its expertise, technical experience and know-how.
He mentioned; “The defence contracts signed between our international locations final 12 months marked a historic file. Taking this chance, I’m proud to announce that two of our flagship defence trade platforms, Bayraktar (TB-2) drones and (T-149) ATAK helicopters, are set to reach in Nigeria.
“We are confident that new Turkish defence products will support the efforts of the Nigerian Government and contribute immensely to the peace, prosperity and security of fellow Nigerians,” Bayraktar mentioned.
Bayraktar additionally known as on the Nigerian authorities to reciprocate its reputable safety issues by taking the mandatory steps in opposition to the robust presence of heinous Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) in Nigeria.
“Remaining as the sole obstacle hindering our bilateral relations to develop further, we call Nigeria not to let terror groups undermine our excellent ties, by allowing this terrorist group to fund their illegal aims and activities, by generation of revenues in this country.”
The envoy expressed delight that the bilateral relations between each international locations in 2021 and 2022 had been a interval of nice achievements.
He mentioned additional that 12 months 2022 which marked the sixtieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic ties with Nigeria, had certainly gained an enormous momentum just lately, with the reciprocal high-level visits of President Erdogan, in October, 2021 and President Buhari, in December 2021.
He expressed optimism that with the present tempo of accelerating industrial relations, each international locations will quickly obtain the goal of $5 billion of bilateral buying and selling quantity.
“These mutual high-level visits have supplied the chance to underline our shared purpose of strengthening our bilateral ties in each area, particularly when it comes to commerce, defence trade, vitality, development, manufacturing, healthcare, training, tourism and tradition.
“With its regular development during the last decade and by rising as an financial powerhouse in its area, Türkiye expressed its readiness to share its growth expertise with African States, to broaden and strengthen its cooperation in several areas.
“Today, Turkish enterprise individuals, a few of whom are current tonight are investing in quite a few sectors, from Fast-Moving-Consumer-Goods to development, from healthcare to transportation, from vitality to agriculture.
“With the current pace of increasing commercial relations, I am confident that we will soon achieve our target of $5 billion of bilateral trading volume with Nigeria, which remains as one of our top trading partners in sub-Saharan Africa,” Bayraktar mentioned.
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, mentioned that Nigeria and Turkey witnessed elevated commerce and bilateral relations because the high-level go to change between each Presidents in 2021.
Dada additionally mentioned Nigerians remained eager in doing enterprise with their Turkish counterparts which is mirrored within the Turkey-Nigeria Business Congress held in September 2021 in Istanbul.