Nigeria: Russia pledges stronger bilateral ties with Lagos

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LAGOS — Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Nickolay Udovicheuko, yesterday, expressed his country’s readiness to strengthen the level of bilateral relations and agreement with Nigeria, especially with the Lagos State government.

Udovicheuko, who gave the assurance during a courtesy visit to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, said the need for stronger ties with Nigeria, especially Lagos State, was informed by its strategic position of the country.

The ambassador explained that some of the areas in which the agreement would be strengthened included education, economy and cultural exchange.

Responding, Fashola assured the ambassador that the doors of the state were open to ideas that would fast-track development of the state.

The governor declared that the state was looking forward to buying into the success story of railway system and successes recorded by the country over the years.

In another development, Governor Fashola has reiterated his administration’s resolve to continue to develop strategies to improve the skills and competence of the 120, 000 civil servants in the state.

He made the pledge while signing into law, a bill re-establishing the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, in Ikeja.

Te governor noted that a well-trained and motivated civil service was central to the realisation of the state’s developmental goals, saying government would continue to pursue workers‘ development strategies

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