The Presidency has just confirmed that the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will be traveling to the United States on Sunday, September 22, to attend the 74th United Nations, General Assembly.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity made this known via the press release seen by Business Influx, detailing the series of events the President will also be present on the sideline of the General Meeting.
In the entourage of President Buhari include states’ governors like Governors Abdullahi Sule, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Adegboyega Oyetola of Nasarawa, Kebbi and Osun States respectively and a host of ministers.
Mr. Adesina had earlier briefed the public that the President’s crux of address before other world’s leaders will be around the Nigerian issues of fighting insecurity and corruption.
Read the full statement below:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS 74TH SESSION OF @UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK
Pres @MBuhari will depart Abuja Sunday for New York, the United States to participate in the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly #UNGA74 which opened Tue, Sept 17.
The President’s participation at this year’s gathering of world leaders is particularly significant as it coincides with Nigeria’s Presidency of UNGA.
Recall that on June 4, 2019, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande @BandeTijjani, was unanimously elected as the President of UNGA74 @UN_PGA – an indication of Nigeria’s high esteem in the global reckoning.
This marks the second time Nigeria would be occupying that prestigious position following late Maj-Gen. Joseph Nanven Garba’s election during UNGA44 in 1989.
The theme for #UNGA74 is, “Galvanizing Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Action and Inclusion.”
The General Debates will kick off on Tuesday, September 24 during which leaders of delegations will present their National Statements as well as speak to the theme of the session.
President @MBuhari is scheduled as Number Five Speaker on the first day of the debates – another plus for #Nigeria as most world leaders will be listening in the General Assembly Hall while the global audience watches on live television.
President @MBuhari is expected to underscore his administration’s commitment to building on the achievements of its three-point agenda following the renewal of his electoral mandate by the majority of Nigerians. He will also reaffirm Nigeria’s position on salient global issues.
While in New York, President @MBuhari and members of his delegation are expected to participate in the Climate Action Summit with the theme, “A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,” convened by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.
The President and his delegation will also participate in the following:
– High-Level meeting organized by the President of #UNGA74 on Universal Health Coverage with the theme, “Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.”
– UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
– High-Level Dialogue on Financial Development
– High-Level Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
In addition to the above high-level meetings, the Nigerian delegation is expected to participate at the Side-Events organized by the country’s Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).
SDGs Integration – Bridging the Policy Planning – Budget Gap for the Achievement of SDGs, organized by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals
– Promotion of International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows and Strengthen Good Practices on Assets Recovery and Return to Foster Sustainable Development, … organized by the Office of the National Coordinator/CEO, African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development/African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) in collaboration with the @officialEFCC and other anti-corruption bodies.
It is noteworthy that seven European and African countries have confirmed their participation at this event designed to mobilize collective global action against illicit assets and their recovery and return for developmental projects. Moreover, the meeting will further boost the profile of President @MBuhari as the African Union anti-corruption champion. @FMWRNigeria is also organizing a side-event on Sanitation and Hygiene Campaign for a Clean Nigeria: Sharing Lessons and Key Insights.
This is crucial for Nigeria as donor nations and organizations are willing to support the country’s target to end open defecation by 2025.
Pres @MBuhari is also billed to hold bilateral meetings with some leaders of other delegations; CEOs of large companies keen to invest in the country; @AlikoDangote and @BillGates on sustaining the polio-free campaign; as well as issues on human capital projects and development.
Before returning to Abuja at the conclusion of his engagements, President @MBuhari will meet with a select group of top America-based Nigerian businessmen and potential investors.
The President will be accompanied to New York by Governors Abdullahi Sule, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Adegboyega Oyetola of Nasarawa, Kebbi and Osun States respectively; Minister of Foreign Affairs, @GeoffreyOnyeama; Minister of Environment, Dr. Muhammad Mahmoud; Minister of @FinMinNigeria Zainab Ahmed; and Minister of Health @Fmohnigeria Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
Also on the President’s delegation are Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sa’adiya Farouk; Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu; Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; National Coordinator/CEO, NEPAD, Princess Gloria Akobundu; & Senior Special Asst. to the President on SDGs, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.