President Muhammadu Buhari will leave the shores of the country for the People’s Republic of China on September 3rd.
Buhari is expected to meet a cross-section of Nigerians in the Asian country to discus on way forward and to see how far they have progressed.
In a statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he explained Buhari will also be in the economic powerhouse to discuss on bilateral trade agreements reached with the country.
The president would depart Abuja for China to participate in the 7th summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation scheduled to hold from September 3 to 4 in Beijing.
The formal opening of the FOCAC Summit will be preceded by the delivery of remarks at the high-level dialogue between Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs as a result of his position as the Chairman of ECOWAS.
President Buhari is expected to join Xi Jumping of China and other African leaders to have roundtable discussion of 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 statement read
“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.
“It is noteworthy that since the last FOCAC VI Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa in December 2015 – the first attended by the Nigerian leader – and his successful State visit to China in April 2016, the current administration has pushed forward practical cooperation with China in the areas of infrastructure construction, trade, investments, finance, power, agriculture, education cooperation, among others.”
Also on the president’s entourage are the governors of Bauchi, Lagos, Jigawa and Imo states respectively.
Other senators on the entourage are Abdullahi Adamu, George Akume and Aliyu Wamakko representing Nasarawa, Benue, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto states respectively.
There are nine Ministers accompanying the president are nine ministers Geoffrey Onyeama (foreign affairs), Rotimi (transportation), Babatunde Fashola (power, works and housing), Muhammad Bello (FCT), Okechukwu Enelamah )industry, trade and investment), Udoma Udo Udoma, (budget and national planning), Suleiman Adamu (water resources), Ibe Kachikwu (state, petroleum resources), and Hadi Sirika (state for aviation