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Minister Mueller Visited Nigeria for Greater Cooperation

June 12th, 2014
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News from Berlin – Federal Minister of Germany Gerd Müller travelled to Nigeria with a delegation. The stops of his visit are the commercial metropolis Lagos and the capital Abuja, where Müller will be holding political talks with representatives of the German economy, political foundations, non-governmental organisations and religious communities. He will also be visiting projects supported by Germany. As Müller stated, the purpose of his trip is to deepen the cooperation with Nigeria, so that its young generation has greater future aspects. Nigeria is a country of the youth, with 50 percent of the population being children and adolescents under the age of 18 and an unemployment rate of approximately 25 percent.

Another goal of Germany’s development assistance is to arrange for greater net product, which is particularly important for the sector in which most Nigerians work, namely agriculture. That is why Müller’s delegation also plans to meet with Cassava-farmers near Lagos. Besides this visit, they also intend to see a Girls’ School, a cooling station for vaccines and a health center.

For nine years, Germany has been supporting the fight against polio in Nigeria. In fact, in its new concept for Africa, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development proposes to provide the continent with a further ten million euros per year to battle the disease. Within the program, there will be a particular focus on Nigeria, as it is the only country in Africa where polio continues to occur in masses.

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