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Trade: Britain never abandoned Nigeria- Envoy

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright has said his country has never abandoned Nigeria as some people claimed, while revealing their ambition to double the trade’s volume between the two countries which is currently put at £4.2 billion annually.



He stated this Friday during an interview with some journalists shortly after meeting the officials of the Sokoto Investment Company.



Arkwright however, admitted that his country had slipped behind some other countries when it comes to trade and investment in Nigeria.


“But we are determined to get back to that number one spot. You know that the two countries have very strong historical ties. British companies have been here for so many years and are still here, ” he said


The envoy added:” The current volume of our trade relationship is £4.2 billion annually and our ambition is to double it to reach £8 billion by 2030,”


He reiterated:” British has never left Nigeria as some people claimed and we looking on how we can improve our economic engagements and to make it a win-win affair.”


Arkwright noted that 5000 Nigerian join the labour market daily, assuring that they would do more to help create jobs in the country.


He described the meeting “as fruitful”, adding that he saw opportunities in agriculture, mining and leather in the state.


“I will go back to Abuja and my country and talk about the abundant opportunities in the state. I will talk and encourage my people to come and invest in Sokoto,” he promised