The Nigerian Ambassador to Qatar, Yakubu Abdullahi Ahmed, has disclosed that there are over 7,000 Nigerian professionals providing services in different areas of specialisation in Qatar.
Ambassador Ahmed stated this on Friday in his independence day message to Nigerians resident in Qatar.
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He listed the Nigerian professionals in the Gulf country to include medical practitioners, engineers, property development experts and service providers.
The Nigerian envoy attributed this to the people-oriented and good leadership style of the Qatari government, which, he said, created a peaceful environment and provided opportunities for foreign nationals to render professional services in the country.
According to him, the Nigerian community in Qatar that parades an array of seasoned professionals, who are adding value to the host country.
He, therefore, encouraged them to respect and abide by the rules and regulations of the host country and continue to fly the Nigerian flag higher.
The Ambassador commended the cordial relations between Nigeria and Qatar, saying the lofty objectives, shared friendship and excellent bilateral relations coupled with cooperation at the multilateral level have continued to wax stronger over the years.
“A good example is high level bilateral engagements between both countries such as the State Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Qatar in 2016 and the State Visit of His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019.
“The commitment to regional peace and development by the highly respected leaders, their zero tolerance for corruption and dedication to the implementation of multilateral agreements tailored towards making the world a better place has continued to endear them to their citizens and admirers across the globe,” he said.
The envoy reiterated commitment to increase Nigeria’s cooperation with Qatar especially in the areas of agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and infrastructural development.
This, Ahmed said, informed his strategic engagements upon assumption of duty with relevant top government functionaries of host authorities and captains of industries to actualize his mandate.
He, therefore, called on Qatari nationals and other potential investors to take advantage of the vast investment opportunities in the giant of Africa.
“The Nigerian Government has deliberately designed incentives in line with global best practices in ease of doing business that guarantees return on investment.
“While some of these incentives are in the form of tax holidays, exemptions, and reliefs, there are many more that leverage specific government policies, the performance of the companies as well as relevant international investment treaties,” he added.