In an interview with the Guardian, Ambassador Michael Zenner highlighted the excellent political, economic and cultural relations between Germany and Nigeria. Numerous bilateral meetings testify to the good state of relations. In the energy, the industrial sector and in the security cooperation there is enormous potential for development. The cooperation between the two countries is on the right track.
Germany and Nigeria have excellent bi-lateral relations
Exactly one month after the inauguration of the Medical Centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre in Jaji, the German Advisory Group Nigeria was able to announce the achievement of another milestone - the inauguration of the training facility for maintenance work in the capital Abuja.
Inauguration of a Mechatronic School
10 June 2015 marked the official opening of the new sales and service office of German company BOSCH in Lagos. The German Missions in Nigeria welcome the presence of another important German company in Nigeria.
BOSCH opens office in Lagos
Berlin Policy Journal
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On 21 May 2015, German enterprise BAYER AG officially inaugurated its new subsidiary ‘Bayer Middle Africa Limited’ in Lagos. The German Missions in Nigeria are glad to welcome this important German company in Nigeria.
Office inauguration of Bayer AG in Lagos
On the 19th of May 2015, the German Advisory Group in Nigeria announced the ceremonial inauguration of the medical centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) in Jaji. The Chief of staff of the Nigerian Army, Lieutenant-General Minimah, cut the Ribbon at the entrance of the new dispensary in the presence of the German Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zenner, in addition to numerous high-level guests.
Medical Centre in Jaji
Academy for Foreign Coaches: Track & Field Coaching Diploma
From June 1st 2016 to July 31st 2017, the German Athletics Association (Deutscher Leichtathletikverband, DLV) offers a training course for athletic coaches (track and field) at the DLV’s Academy for Foreign Coaches in Mainz/Germany.
Graduates who have passed the final examination will receive an Athletics Coaching Diploma.
The Academy for Foreign Coaches has a history of over 30 years and has successfully trained coaches and instructors from all over the world in association with the Gutenberg University’s Institute for Sports Science in Mainz.
If you are interested in joining this training course please read the attached information brochure carefully and submit your documents (including a recommendation from your national athletic federation/association!) to the German Embassy in Abuja or the German Consulate in Lagos. Deadline for the application is 10th December 2015.
Brochure Academy for Foreign Coaches [pdf, 352.34k]
Seventh International Composition Contest
Since 2009, the city of Lebach has been organizing the "Days of the Guitar for Children and Teenagers". The next Guitar Days are scheduled for April 2016. In the context of this event and on the basis of the demand for high quality compositions for guitar ensembles for children, the city is happy to announe the Seventh International Composition Contest "Gitarrentage für Kinder im Saarland". Deadline for sending the compositions is 23 November 2015.
General Conditions for the Contest [pdf, 208.43k]
On 28 April 2015, Consul General Derus delivered a goodwill message at the opening session of the international trade show „agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015“ and invited its organizers and exhibitors to an evening reception at the Consulate General.
Agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015, trAIDe
On occasion of the opening of the 7th Lagos State Climate Change Summit, Consul General Michael Derus delivered a goodwill message emphasizing Germany's engagement for global climate protection.
Lagos State Climate Change Summit
Under the German Presidency, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries met in Lübeck on the 14th and 15th of April to discuss acute foreign policy crises and problems. Also, Nigeria and the terror by Boko Haram were topics of the talks.
G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Lübeck
On April 15, 43 instructors who participated in the "Dual Vocational Partnership" received their graduation certificates in Abuja – and can now train others.
The Dual Vocational Training Partnership (DVT) was launched by the Delegation of German Industry in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria) and the Chamber of Commerce Giessen-Friedberg with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in December 2012.
Award of certificates to trainers of the Dual Vocational Partnership with Nigeria
The German News Service is a free news wire of the Deutsche Welle in cooperation with the German Press Agency (dpa) especially for media representatives as well as for everyone who is interested in Germany and wants to know more about German lifestyle, business and culture.
German News Service
The Nigerian Newspaper The Sun interviewed Ambassador Zenner on March 26, 2015. Below find the interview with a foreword by Aidoghie Paulinus as published in The Sun and on sunnewsonline.com:
Ambassador Zenner in The Sun
On the 24th of March 2015 the Nigerian President Jonathan gave the go-ahead for the new development bank in Nigeria, the Development Bank of Nigeria, that is largely supported by the German development bank KfW.
Nigerian Development Bank
Recently a Hybrid Solar PV/Wind Plant located at the National Power Training institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) in Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State was formally commissioned. The hybrid plant is one key element of a EUR 1 Mio project funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ).
Inauguration of Hybrid Solar Plant at NAPTIN’s Regional Training Centre
Ambassador Zenner opened with a Goodwill Message at the workshop „Increasing Women and Youth`s Paricipation in Conflict Preventionand Peacebuilding ahead of the 2015 General Election" .
National Capacity Building Workshop in Abuja
In cooperation with the Energy and Environment Desk of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, the Consulate General organized a series of events on the topic “Potentials of Renewable Energies and Environment” in Nigeria in 2014. A new series of seminars for 2015 is currently being planned.
Renewable Energy Events
In einem Interview mit dem "Abuja Inquirer" erläutert Botschafter Zenner den Stand der bilateralen Beziehungen und die Bedeutung Nigerias für Deutschland.
Nachfolgend finden Sie das Interview in englischer Sprache mit einem Vorwort des Abuja Inquirer.
Interview with Abuja Inquirer
New guidelines for Africa policy – supporting the security architecture, boosting African ownership
On 21 May 2014 the German cabinet decided on the new Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa drafted by the Federal Foreign Office. The guidelines summarise the context, principles and focuses of Germany’s Africa policy.
Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa