The FCT Administration is keen to collaborate with Italy on promoting sustainable tourism and agriculture in the city, the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said.
He made this known on Friday when he received the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stefano Leo, in his office in Abuja.
He said he would visit the ambassador soon to explore areas of mutual interest between Nigeria and Italy.
He mentioned that Abuja’s development as a sustainable city was one of his priorities, and that he was interested in learning from Italy’s experience in tourism and agriculture.
“Abuja has a lot of potential for tourism and agriculture development, given its beautiful landscape,” he said.
He also explained that the FCT Administration was not targeting any embassy or commission by publishing the names of those who owed ground rent, but was only trying to improve its revenue generation for the city’s development.
He assured the ambassador that the FCT Administration would create a conducive environment for diplomatic and business activities in the city.
The ambassador, in his remarks, congratulated the minister on his appointment and wished him success.
He said he was impressed by the minister’s performance as the governor of Rivers in 2022, and hoped that he would do even better in Abuja.
“I am happy to continue our excellent cooperation with you here in Abuja. I look forward to hosting you at the Embassy,” he said.
He said that Italy was a leader in tourism, and that it had ambitious plans to support sustainable city development and green initiatives.
“I am eager to hear your ideas and to strengthen our cooperation with you,” he said.