The Government of Turkey has indicated an interest in cooperating with Nigeria in areas of Humanitarian response and mitigation.

Ambassador of Turkey in Nigeria Mr. Hidayet Bayraktar made this known in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq in Abuja.

Ambassador Bayraktar said that Turkey has sent various humanitarian assistance around the world including Somalia, Afghanistan, and some other African countries, to cushion the aftermath of the crises in the areas.

“We are ready to work with your ministry in all these fields to see what we can achieve together to enrich this cooperation and relation between our two countries”.

Responding, the Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq thanked the Government of Turkey for their various humanitarian assistance around the world and promised to learn from their wealth of knowledge in areas of coordination, mitigation, and response to disaster-prone areas in the country.

“We hope to work together to have a very effective collaboration and partnership and learn from your expertise. we also have programs geared towards alleviating poverty in the country, so I look forward to a very fruitful collaboration with the government of Turkey in these areas”.

Turkey Government extends its humanitarian assistance not only at the bilateral level but also through International organizations such as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the World Food Programme WFP.

According to the Global Humanitarian Assistance report, Turkey has continued to be the biggest donor country in the world with an official humanitarian aid of $8.3 billion US dollars.

RN