Nigeria’s export of crude oil and gas to Spain last year was €6.5 billion, according to a Guardian report.
The Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Alfonso Sebastan de Erice made this disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, saying, “Spain is one of Nigeria’s best clients.”
He however stressed that his country would diversify its trade relations with Nigeria by patronizing other commodities in the country.
“Yes, we are very happy with the exchanges that we have with Nigeria. We need the oil but we want to diversify because we think it’s very important that our economic relations will not be only in oil and gas only. We have to diversify,” he said.
De Erice explained that his country was also disposed to build on its cooperation with Nigeria in the area of agriculture. “We want to cooperate with you in agriculture, we have very good agricultural industry. We have comparative advantage in tourism, manufacturing, while you have people who are very well prepared.
“We have several treaties that allow us to work here. It’s a domain that we will have to explore. For us, the oil business is important because we need it, but we want to diversity and I know that Nigerian authorities also want to diversify,” he said.