President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on Friday disclosed plans to establish air and rail links between his country and Nigeria.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he said that the plans are to further consolidate the bilateral relations existing between the two countries.
According to him, his country would soon revive its airline so as to immediately establish the air link between his country and Nigeria.
He said “We will like to revive our airline so that we establish an air link because that one is also easier.
“But, ultimately we would have to have physical linkages through the railways that will be done for the future,’’ he said.
Stressing that he was in Nigeria with his wife to honour invitation by the National Defence College, Abuja, he said that his country would continue to patronise the training programmes of the college and that of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.
He said that some Ugandan universities had been providing various opportunities for many Nigerians wishing to acquire university education in Uganda.
He said “On the issue of the bilateral relations, what is easier now is sharing institutions like this National Defence College.
“Some Ugandans have already graduated from there – six of them. But, we can send more and we normally send officers to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.
“And I was informed by the ministers in Nigeria here that many Nigerians go to Uganda to study in the universities.
“So, sharing institutions is easy because that one involves just movement of human beings,’’ he stated.
He thanked President Buhari for the hospitality accorded him and his wife.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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