Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday called on the European Union (EU) to support his administration’s ongoing efforts to ensure stable and constant electricity.
Jonathan made the call when he received the new Ambassador of the EU to Nigeria, Michel Arrion, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He identified adequate power supply as essential for rapid economic growth and job creation, and commended the EU for its ongoing support for other developmental programme in the country.
Jonathan said that the Federal Government would continue to give all necessary encouragement and protection to emerging industries in the country.
He said that such support and encouragement would ensure steady economic growth and facilitate the creation of more jobs.
The president said that in protecting its emerging industries, Nigeria would not be acting differently from the advanced nations that protected their domestic production at similar stages in their development.
"We will need to protect the budding industries because we know that every country in the world that wants to grow industrially, at some stage, needs to put instruments in place to protect its upcoming industries in order to stimulate and sustain growth and employment.
"We have a lot of young people coming out of the universities and we have to plan for them,’’ he said.
Arrion assured Jonathan that the EU would give Nigeria all possible assistance in the development of its energy sector.
He commended Jonathan for Nigeria’s improving economic outlook and promised that the EU would continue to support the country’s growth and development.
Jonathan also received the outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mahesh Sachdev.
He assured Sachdev that Nigeria would continue to work for greater bilateral cooperation between it and India.
Jonathan noted that the two countries have many things in common, such as, huge markets, entrepreneurial skills and human resources, and wished Sachdev success in his future endeavours.