The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Nikolay Udovichenko, on Saturday announced that the Nigerian and Russian governments plan to sign an agreement for the establishment of a multifunctional scientific research nuclear centre in Nigeria.
Mr. Udovichenko, who disclosed this in Lagos at this year’s Alumni Congress of the Soyuznik Alumni Association in Nigeria, said the Nigerian and Russian governments had been negotiating for the centre’s establishment.
The theme of the congress was “Harnessing The Potentials of the Nigerian Graduates of Higher Institutions of former USSR States”.
“Bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Russia is blessed with huge potential in every avenue.
“Nuclear energy development is another area with good prospects for our two countries’ cooperation.
“This June, we expect to sign a bilateral agreement for the establishment of a multifunctional scientific centre in Nigeria,’’ he said.
The envoy also said that his government was working at reactivating its trade representation in Nigeria, to further promote trade and economic relations between the two countries.
Mr. Udovichenko, who said that thousands of Nigerians had over the years benefited from quality education in Russia, also announced his government’s plan to sustain the scholarship programme for more Nigerians.
The envoy said that it was imperative for such Nigerians to use their knowledge for the development of their country, as well as strengthening ties with the Russians.
The president of Soyuznik and chairman of the ceremony, Henry Ajomale, said the association was made up of academics, medical doctors, engineers, diplomats, political administrators and heads of professional organizations trained by the Russian government.
Mr. Ajomale expressed the gratitude of the beneficiaries to the countries that formed the former Soviet Union for bequeathing a lasting legacy, with which they could contribute to the development of Nigeria.
“We should not forget to celebrate our common heritage as beneficiaries of a unique programme by the former Soviet Government that gave us the opportunity to become what we are today,’’ he said.
The Soyunik Alumni Association of Nigeria, is the association of Nigerian graduates trained by the Former Soviet Union and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).