Alhaji Ahmed Gombe, External Consultant of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Nigeria, has called for a partnership between the Nigerian News Agency and the Moroccan news agency, MAP, in the areas of exchange, capacity building and review by pairs.
The consultant made the call during a courtesy visit to the Director General of , Mr. Buki Ponle, on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that Morocco’s own news agency, Maghreb Arabe Press (MAP), can benefit from Morocco’s vast experience, capacity and reach through a strategic partnership.
“I would like to make a proposal with , so that whenever we have events in Morocco, you can actively participate in MAP activities.
“Last time, I was tasked with the responsibility of getting a representative accredited for a MAP event, and the quality of their representation was greatly appreciated,” he said.
MD, Mr. Buki Ponle and Ahmed Gombe, Special Advisor on Information Management and Strategy to Gombe State Governor Muhammad Yahaya on Thursday in Abuja
Gombe also said that Africa has become the centerpiece of Morocco’s foreign policy and Nigeria and Morocco enjoy a very cordial bilateral relationship.
“Nigeria and Morocco have 22 bilateral agreements, the highest in the continent, many of which were signed during the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
He cited OCP Africa’s investment in developing fertilizer solutions in Nigeria and the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project as evidence of Nigerian and Moroccan diplomatic and economic cooperation.
Therefore, he made a call to further consolidate that mutually beneficial relationship with MAP.
Gombe promised to broker a meeting between the Moroccan ambassador and MD “to have a compromise on how to further strengthen the relationship between the agencies.”
Responding, Ponle said partnering with MAP would be in line with MAP’s focus as a world-class media organization.
“We have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Turkish and Belgian news agencies, as well as other international media organizations.
“We had tried to have a meeting with the MAP in the past, but with you we are optimistic that our relationship will be consolidated,” he said.
Ponle, who said that Africa has always been the centerpiece of , said that the continent should start telling its own stories through its own lens.
Source Credit: NAN
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