President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday travelled to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to attend a United Nations organized conference on the future of the land, regarding desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and implications for national and world economies.
The President, who will participate in a Summit of Head of States and Government between May 9 and 10, joins world leaders for the 15th session of the Conference Of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), with the theme “, ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.”
His media aide, Garba Shehu, said in a statement that the convention aims to take action to ensure that land, the lifeline on the planet, continues to benefit present and future generations. According to Shehu, drought, land restoration, and related enablers such as land rights, gender equality, and youth empowerment are among the top items on the conference agenda.
He stated that President Buhari, who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa, would be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Minister of Agriculture, Dr Mahmoud Mohammed; and Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.
Also, on the President’s team to Abidjan were the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; and Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
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