Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has said that institution of Wafaqi Mohtasib should continue enhancing its efforts for providing expeditious relief to common man and for serving the cause of humanity.

The president was talking to Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday.  On the occasion, the federal ombudsman also presented annual report-2014 of the institution to the president.

President Hussain stated that the institution of Wafaqi Mohtasib is playing an effective role in addressing the grievances of people.

He appreciated the role of Wafaqi Mohtasib in providing alternative facilities for addressing the problems of people at district-level and directed to formulate an effective strategy in consultation with relevant ministries and departments in this regard.

He also appreciated the institution for devising a policy in resolving the problems related to excessive utility bills of gas and electricity consumers.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain has underlined the importance of regular high-level bilateral interactions, parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people contacts between Pakistan and Nigeria for imparting new impetus to bilateral relations in diverse fields.

The president said this while talking to High Commissioner–designate of Pakistan to Nigeria Lt Gen (Retd) Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. He congratulated the high commissioner-designate on his new assignment and expressed hope that his appointment would further strengthen Pakistan’s relations with Nigeria.

The president emphasised on the need for greater efforts to enhance bilateral trade through frequent exchange of trade delegations.

He called for increased efforts towards promoting investment in both countries, and underscored Pakistani private sector’s keenness for mutually beneficial joint ventures with their Nigerian counterparts in the fertilizer, sugar, cement and palm oil sectors.

The president said that Pakistan and Nigeria should take advantage from each others’ expertise in the field of agriculture.

He stated that scientists and experts in the agricultural sector should be exchanged for the mutual bilateral benefits adding that Nigeria’s expertise be utilized to impart training to Pakistani scientists in palm oil cultivation and palm oil germ plasm.