The Turkish government has stated its willingness to collaborate with Nigeria’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation on social protection and emergency response.
Hidayet Bayraktar, Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, stated this during a courtesy call on Dr Betta Edu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, in her office in Abuja.
Bayraktar, who described Nigeria as a rising African star, stated that it is critical that his country and Nigeria engage on humanitarian crisis management, emergency response operations, and poverty eradication infrastructures.
“As you know, we have a very good relationship with Nigeria, and we particularly see Nigeria as Africa’s rising star.”
“We hope to sign two agreements very early next year, one on development cooperation and the other on humanitarian disaster relief, which will also involve the Turkish disaster management authority and Nigeria’s NEMA.”
“This will be extremely beneficial, particularly in areas prone to flooding or natural disasters.” “In the field of the development corporation, we will have the type of sustainable development projects that will allow us to assist Nigeria in the areas of humanitarian and emergency response management as well,” the Ambassador stated.
In response, Dr. Edu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, expressed delight at the Turkish government’s willingness to collaborate with her ministry on social protection, humanitarian, and emergency response strategies, saying that both countries would benefit greatly from the synergy.
“We are grateful to the Turkish Ambassador and his team for this partnership; we have spoken extensively about the Turkish Development Cooperation, which would assist in partnering with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to see how they can invest in social protection, support education, promote health, and other social protection factors in the country.”
“We would sign an agreement with the Turkish government on development cooperation and, of course, disaster management very early in January, after all of the documentation is completed.”
This would assist us in establishing an effective humanitarian and disaster management system in Nigeria. All of this will be brought to light by the agreements we will sign.”
Continuing, the Minister stated that the government is willing “to open an office for Turkish Development Cooperation in Nigeria after the agreements have been signed, and from this office they can directly reach out to the different states in the country, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.”
“So we are very confident that we will be able to sign all of these documents early next year, in January, both in Turkey and back in Nigeria, and we will be able to begin immediate implementation.”
“This will help us to tackle humanitarian crises well as well as grapple with emergency responses and tackle poverty through the various development cooperation initiatives that we will be working on with the ministry,” she said in a statement.
The Turkish Ambassador was accompanied by Imdat Karakoram, the Republic of Turkey’s Deputy Chief of Mission.