The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed his government’s willingness to expand its relationship with the Netherlands in different sectors, especially the agricultural sector to ensure food security in the state.
The Deputy Governor, Kadri Hamzat, while receiving the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Geoffrey Leeuwen, and his contemporary in Migration, Eric Burg, at his official residence in Ikoyi, on behalf of the governor, stated that the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Netherlands had existed for over 400 years.
This is according to a Tuesday statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media), Office of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Tunde Alao.
Sanwo-Olu said his administration was ready to strengthen the existing relationship with the Netherlands in different sectors like agriculture, technology, health care, circular economy, and energy among other sectors.
“We are willing to implement some of the lessons we have learnt from the Netherlands, particularly to enhance food production, storage, amongst others,” he said.
On his part, Leeuwen said the Netherlands government was committed to working on transitions that were crucial to the economy and business opportunities in both Netherlands and Nigeria, with specific interest in Lagos.
“We are looking forward to continuing our excellent economic cooperation with the governor and his cabinet. We will continue to bring high-level visits and trade missions to the Center of Excellence,” he said.
As part of its drive for food security, the Lagos State Government last month said it was activating a plan for the state red meat initiative with the establishment of a feedlot system, a butchers’ academy and a meat shop in the state.