The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, says his country’s investment relationship with Nigeria exceeds fifteen billion dollars.

Thakur stated this on the sidelines of the 78th Anniversary of India’s Republic Day celebrations in Abuja on Thursday, that both nations had enjoyed warm, friendly and deep-rooted bilateral relations.

He added that the presence of a large Indian expatriate community of about fifty-thousand, the largest in West Africa, adds value to the importance of our long-standing relationship.

The Envoy recalled that Nigeria and India had a long-standing relationship that began before the British colonial times, which had translated to the exchange of professionals into Nigeria.

He said that India was proud to have a robust relationship that saw three Nigerian Presidents benefiting from `Indian Defense High Tech Programme’.

He added that India was Nigeria’s largest trading partner globally, while Nigeria was India’s trading partner in Africa.