Senate President Bukola Saraki will lead a five-man delegation of lawmakers on a three-day visit to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, on Tuesday as part of efforts to promote economic relations between Nigeria and Germany.
Yusuph Olaniyonu, media aide to the Senate President, made this known in a statement on Monday, adding that the delegation will hold series of meetings with the leadership of the German Parliament as well as some German-African business groups.
Olaniyonu stated that the visit will include a visit to a German Village called Feldheim, which was “the first community in the country to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency in renewable energy.”
“This will enable the Nigerian delegation to learn a few things on how to resolve the nation’s perennial energy crisis,” the statement noted.
Also, “the Senators will at different times meet with the President of the Bundestag, Mrs Dreyer, her Deputy, Johannes Singhammer, the Parliamentary State Secretary in charge of the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Thomas Silberhorn, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, head of Julius Berger, Mr. Walter J. Lindener and President of the Berlin House of Representatives, Ralf Wieland.”
The statement further read: “The legislators, apart from visiting important legislative institutions in Berlin, will hold discussions with Nigerian embassy officials and discuss possible ways of engaging with the German authorities to further attract German investment into Nigeria and improve economic relations between both countries.
“The visit to the German Parliament by the leadership of the Nigeria legislature will present opportunities for the visitors to explain the economic policies of the present administration and the legislative support being offered by the National Assembly in that regard.
“The Senators will further solicit support from the Germans for Nigeria’s drive for diversification of its economy and solicit the support of the German business community.”
Olaniyonu listed the other members of the delegation to include: Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’allah; Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu; Chairman, Committee on Power, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Chairman, Committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari.