Uganda seeks Nigeria's assistance on oil exploration

Nov 21, 2008 01:00 AM

Uganda's President, Yoweri Museveni, sought Nigeria's assistance on the exploration of the crude oil recently discovered in his country.
The Ugandan President who was on a 3-day working visit to Nigeria, said while addressing a joint press conference with President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua at the State House in Abuja, that Uganda needs to tap from Nigeria's experience in the oil sector.

"This is because we found some petroleum in our country last year. We found it by ourselves, and before we bring in foreign experts we need to develop our local manpower in the sector. We want to take advantage of Nigeria's experience, especially in training our personnel at Nigeria's Institute of Petroleum", the Ugandan leader said.
President Museveni praised President Yar'Adua's seven-point agenda, saying they focused on areas relevant to the socio-economic development of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

Earlier, President Yar'Adua had stated that both leaders discussed various bilateral issues including the global financial crisis, and the Congolese and Sudanese crises.
President Yar'Adua restated Nigeria's desire to deploy troops to Somalia for peace-keeping. "We pledged to deploy one battalion for peace-keeping in Somalia. In August, some of our military chiefs went to Somalia to assess the situation there, and they recommended that the battalion should be adequately equipped. This is what we are doing for now", the president stated.

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