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Friday, 31 August 2018

Buhari Travels to China Ahead of the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation


Nigerian leader, President Muhammadu Buhari is leaving Abuja for China ahead of the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, holding in Beijing from Monday next week.

President Buhari is accompanied by his wife, Aisha and the immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.
A statement issued yeaterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Shehu Garuba, indicates that Buhari will on arrival in Beijing, host an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in China at the Nigerian Embassy.
According to the statement "before the formal opening of the FOCAC Summit, President Buhari in his capacity as current Chair of ECOWAS, is expected to deliver remarks at the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.
The Nigerian President is scheduled to join Chinese President, Jinping and other African leaders for the opening and roundtable sessions of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit under the theme: “Towards an even Stronger China-Africa Community with a shared Future.”
After the FOCAC Summit, President Buhari will hold bilateral meetings with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang to discuss infrastructure financing for strategic projects in Nigeria and the upgrading of Nigeria-China relations “from strategic partnership to comprehensive strategic partnership.”
The President will also use the occasion of his audience with the Chinese leadership to assess the progress made so far in Chinese interventions in Nigeria’s key priority infrastructure projects, particularly on-going projects in the railway and power sectors.
Also on the President’s entourage are Governors Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, Akinwunmi Ambode, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar and Rochas Okorocha of Bauchi, Lagos, Jigawa and Imo States respectively.
Others are Senators Abdullahi Adamu, George Akume and Aliyu Wamakko representing Nasarawa, Benue, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto States respectively, alongside the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; FCT, Muhammad Bello; Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; as well as Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, and that of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

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