President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday proceed on a three-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday, said during the course of the visit, Buhari would join the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon; Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and other participants as a special guest of honour at this year’s edition of the World Future Energy Summit.
“The summit which is now in its ninth year has developed into one of the world’s most influential events dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies”.
“In a move signalling Nigeria’s re-engagement with the Middle-East region, President Buhari will also lead a team of his ministers to bilateral talks with the government of the UAE”,the statement says.
“After the talks, a number of agreements between both countries on economic, trade and bilateral relations are expected to be signed.
“From the visit, Nigeria also expects to get more support from the UAE for its war against terrorism and the recovery of Nigeria’s stolen funds.
“President Buhari will also meet with leading UAE businessmen who are interested in Nigeria with a view to encouraging greater investment inflows to critical sectors such as power supply, oil, gas and agriculture.
“The President, who will be accompanied by the Ministers of Power, Works and Housing; Petroleum, Environment; Justice; Trade and Investment; Finance and Foreign Affairs, as well as the National Security Adviser.
Buhari is also expected to meet with Nigerian professionals in the UAE before returning to Abuja on Tuesday, the statement added.