Work hard to be globally competitive —Jonathan urges Africa

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From SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has
challenged African countries to become globally competitive and begin exporting finished products to the outside world.
President Jonathan was speaking with the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Christopher Onyango Aparr, at the State House, yesterday.
“Africa has reached a stage where we must stop exporting raw materials. Instead, we should work harder to become globally competitive, exporting finished products,” he stated.
President Jonathan said economic growth was necessary for political stability and added that Nigeria was focused on building and strengthening mutually beneficial economic relations with Uganda and Africa.
The President commended Mr. Aparr for sustaining the warm brotherly relations between Nigeria and Uganda, and wished him well in his next post.
Earlier, the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner thanked President Jonathan for Nigeria’s assistance through the Technical Aid Corps, as well as the strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.
At a different audience, President Jonathan commended Turkey for assisting Nigeria in developing human capacity through the establishment of schools in the country.
The President was speaking to the outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ali Rifat Koksal yesterday.
“Human capacity development is critical for any nation’s growth, and we appreciate your help in establishing schools in Nigeria,” he stated.
President Jonathan also acknowledged the building of a Turkish hospital in Abuja, and said this cooperation was in the spirit of the relationship among the D-8 group of nations.

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