FROM CHUKA ODITTAH
THE Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, says the Federal Government is willing to collaborate with Cote d‚ÄôIvoire in maritime, rail transportation, as well as trade and investment.
Umar said the cooperation is necessary not only to boost trade but also to jointly confront the nefarious activities of pirates and armed robbers who use the West African coastline to terrorise sailors.
While receiving the Ivoirien Minister of Transport, Mr. Gaoussou Toure, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, Umar also urged him to come forward with suggestions that could help end piracy and vessel hijacking in the West African coastline.
The minister further said Nigeria was prepared to partner Cote d‚ÄôIvoire in the development of railway services to link other African countries in order to boost the transport sector and improve trade relations among member-states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).