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President Buhari, Wife, 20 Officials head to Beijing for China-Africa Summit

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari, wife Aisha Buhari and 20 other dignitaries will be traveling to China on Friday, for the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

President Xi Jinping of China and other African leaders would be attending the summit, tagged ‘Towards an even Stronger China-Africa Community with a shared Future’, and is scheduled to hold from September 3 to 4, 2018 in Beijing.

President Buhari will be traveling with four governors: Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, Akinwunmi Ambode, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar and Rochas Anayo Okorocha of Bauchi, Lagos, Jigawa and Imo states, respectively; and four senators: Abdullahi Adamu, George Akume, Godswill Akpabio and Aliyu Wamakko representing Nasarawa, Benue, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto states, respectively.

Also in the President’s convoy are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.

The long list also has Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; and the Group Managing Director, NNPC group, Dr Maikanti Baru.

In China, Buhari would be leading other ECOWAS presidents to deliver a speech at the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.

“After the FOCAC Summit, PMB will hold bilateral meetings with Pres. Jinping and PM 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.”

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