West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel, starting his two-day visit to Nigeria, yesterday (Friday) watched the opening of a new section of German-financed expressway to speed traffic flow into Lagos.
West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel, starting his two-day visit to Nigeria, yesterday (Friday) watched the opening of a new section of German-financed expressway to speed traffic flow into Lagos. Further West German finance was on the agenda later in the day when Herr Scheel met Nigerian leaders for talks--including an hour-long meeting with the head of state General Yakubu Gowon.
SYNOPSIS: An important new stretch of motorway, designed to speed up traffic flow into Lagos, was opened on Friday. Nigerian Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing Femi Okunnu cut the tape. And watching was the visiting West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel. He later drove over the new expressway in a motorcade. The new road, bridging over a mile of creeks and swamps, cost over five million pounds sterling and was built with the help of a West German firm of contractors. It has been called a most successful example of co-operation between the two countries.
On Friday afternoon, Herr Scheel and his West German mission met the Nigerian head of state, General Yakubu Gowon. Talks about further West German loans to the country were expected to crop up during Herr Scheel's two-day visit--which has been undertaken to see as much as possible of Nigeria's development programmes. He was also to have talks with the Nigerian Finance Commissioner, during which it was agreed that private investment by German firms could be an important instrument in the further development of Nigeria. They discussed ways of encouraging investment. Another principle issue of talks was the future relationship of African countries with the European Common Market.