Lagos State Governor, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode pledged to partner the European Union (EU) in the area of increasing domestic investment, promotion of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and development of its science and technology sector geared towards the diversification of the economy.

Speaking at the 5th edition of the EU-Nigeria Business Forum (EUNBF), Ambode said Lagos State  would support the EU’s call for the diversification and  expansion of existing partnership in science and technology, as the partnership would be beneficial to not just the EU but Nigeria as well.

He said Nigeria needed to improve the sector, adding the EU was in a good position to see the expansion come true.

He said, “We feel very happy that you have taken this very important decision to expand beyond the traditional roles in your relationship with the country.

“Your expansion should include transport, energy, climate change, education, agriculture and science and technology. Improvement in any of these areas will be very beneficial to both parties.

“I believe very strongly that the EU will benefit from this stronger relationship with Nigeria because we are trading partners.’’

Head of EU Delegation in Nigeria, Ambassador Michael Arrion said EU will investing heavily in the agric business next year as part of plans to developed a robust economic relations and partnership with the Nigeria.

“I am pleased to announce that the most tangible result of last year’s forum was the commencement of an agricultural policy dialogue between the EU and Nigeria,” he said.

He said the agricultural policy dialogue was officially launched in September, and was gradually intensifying in Nigeria.