Buhari attends Russia-African summit to expand opportunities in science& tech

ON Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari departs the country for a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia. The meeting will focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production, the presidency has said.

The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President, Garba Shehu who made this known in a series of a tweet on Sunday, said the summit would hold from the 23rd – 25th of October.

According to him,  the summit would bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges like nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.

“An African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and promote African business interest in the host country,” Shehu stated.

He said during the summit, Buhari would meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations in security, trade & investment, while building a partnership to further enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation

He noted that Buhari would be accompanied by some governors: Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe State; Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

Also on the trip are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

“The President will return to the country after the summit,” Shehu said.


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