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Nigeria: Military Aid

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK provides military aid to Nigeria. (279778)

The UK has provided military aid to Nigeria since UK/Nigeria Bilateral Defence Relations were re-established in 2001. MOD engagement with Nigeria is restricted to advice and support, implemented through a small team comprising our defence adviser; a British military advisory and training team; and a liaison officer to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Secretariat.

Following a meeting between my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and President Yar’Adua in July 2008, we have developed a focussed package of training assistance to the Nigerian armed forces to improve management of military operations and effective in-shore small boat patrolling in the Niger Delta. To take this forward the MOD is supporting the development of a Joint Maritime Security Training Centre at a military site close to Lagos. A range of courses are being offered to individuals, units and HQs, leading to a common doctrine with a strong theme throughout of respect for the rule of law and human rights.