By Ismaila Chafe
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda says plans are on to establish air and rail links between his country and Nigeria to further consolidate the bilateral relations existing between the two countries.
Addressing State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ugandan leader said his country would soon revive its airline so as to immediately establish the air link between his country and Nigeria.
“We will like to revive our airline so that we establish an air link because that one is also easier.
“But, ultimately we would have to have physical linkages through the railways that will be done for the future,’’ he said.
Museveni, who stated that he was in Nigeria together with his wife to honour invitation by the National Defence College, Abuja, said his country would continue to patronise the training programmes of the college and that of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.
He also noted with delight that some Ugandan universities had been providing various opportunities for many Nigerians wishing to acquire university education in Uganda.
“On the issue of the bilateral relations, what is easier now is sharing institutions like this National Defence College.
“Some Ugandans have already graduated from there – six of them. But, we can send more and we normally send officers to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.
“ I was informed by the ministers in Nigeria here that many Nigerians go to Uganda to study in the universities.
“So, sharing institutions is easy because that one involves just movement of human beings.’’
The visiting president thanked his host for the hospitality accorded him and his wife.
Yoweri Museveni has been president of Uganda since 1986.
He first secured the presidency through a coup, and has been re-elected three times since 1996.(NAN)