By Raphael Oni
The High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, His Excellency Abhay Thakur said India-Nigeria relations yielded positive developments in 2020, despite the pandemic crisis. Thakur said there were more exchanges, more interaction and more cooperation during 2020 than in the preceding years.The High Commissioner made the declaration during his welcome address at the 72nd Anniversary of India’s Republic Day in Abuja.
Explaining the developments, he said “more than 15 bilateral business events between leading business chambers on both sides were organized with substantial success. According to the envoy,“Considering that the last direct flight between India and Nigeria had taken place 30 years ago in 1989, the year 2020 saw 32 special flights, carrying more than 10,000 passengers between Nigeria and India.”
In addition to Government of India donating a consignment of essential medicines to Nigeria, Thakur said “the Indian community set up and handed over a 50-bed Covid-19 treatment and isolation centre to the Department of Health in Lagos.”
He also said under the E-ITEC capacity building program for mid-level professionals, 62 civilian E-training slots and 69 defence E-training slots were utilized in Nigeria.
While concluding his speech, the High Commissioner said “in 2021, we are already looking forward to more exchanges in the felds of trade-eco omic cooperation, counter-terrorism, defence and security, foreign affairs and consular matters.