Senate President Ahmad Lawan has on Tuesday called on the Japanese Parliament for more engagement between their legislature and that of Nigeria.
Lawan made the call when he received the audience of the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Kikuta Yukata and the Deputy Head of Mission, Shinozawa Takayuki.
In this meeting, he stressed the need for Nigeria and Japan Parliaments need to have more engagement saying that it would help the executives in ensuring both countries had closer ties.
Speaking on the similarities between both countries, Lawan described Nigeria and Japan as countries with strong cultural leanings.
According to him, what is significant and supposed to engage both countries more is the business aspect between Nigeria and Japan. The Senate President, therefore, called on Japan to assist in capacity building through technological transfer.
“While we produce oil and gas, Japan has a lot of technology. We are desirous in getting your support, particularly in building the capacity of our country in terms of technological innovations.
“Today, technology rules the world. I want to appeal to you that we engage in the area of technological transfer.
“Recently, the Ministry of Communications was renamed the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
“This is to show how important Information and Communication Technology is becoming in our economy and lives. We believe our economy can do better and help Nigeria gain stability,” Lawan said.
He urged Nigeria to establish a similar Friendship League with Japan stressing that such a move “will contribute greatly to closer political exchange” between the two countries.