President Muhammadu Buhari will be jetting off to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, to attend the EXPO 2020, a trade and investment exhibition.
The trip will be the president’s third in the last one month, outside of the country, having just returned from tour of Scotland, France and South Africa.
Before the South African visit, where attended the AFREXIM Bank trade fair in Durban, he had participated in the 26th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, from where he moved over to Paris, France, for the Peace Forum as guest of French President, Emmanuel Macron.
A statement issued Wednesday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed; Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd); Aviation, Hadi Sirika; and Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar.
Others are: ministers of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami; Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Maryam Katagum; the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Nigeria is expected to join over 190 other countries at the fair, Adesina said.
“The Expo will provide another opportunity for the Nigerian delegation to highlight significant strides in the economy in the last six years as a basis for making the country an important destination for foreign direct investment.
“Aside touring the Nigerian Pavilion at the Expo on Friday, Nigeria’s National Day, the President will also receive in audience prospective investors as well as meet with His Highness, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
“On Saturday, President Buhari will be the Special Guest of Honour at the special Trade and Investment Forum themed: Unveiling Investment Opportunities in Nigeria. It is put together to mark Nigeria’s presence at the gathering by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
“President Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 5, 2021,” Adesina said.