The Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will lead Nigeria’s delegation to the 71st UN General Assembly scheduled to begin at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
Onyeama disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday. He said the president would be addressing the assembly on issues which had direct impact on Nigeria.
He said the President would sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. At the Paris Climate Conference held in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.
“It is one unique conference where world leaders assemble and address issues pre-occupying their minds, it is a wonderful opportunity for the president to build on his reputation.”
“President Buhari is well regarded by the world leaders and it will give him opportunity to reconnect and engage them on various issues.”
“He needs world leaders’ support in the areas of economy, security, anti-corruption and governance. He will use the opportunity to push for Nigeria’s interest at the UN.”
He said that the president would also use the opportunity to look for foreign markets for Nigeria’s products and garner support for the economy.
“Mr President will use the opportunity to canvass for support for the recharge of Lake Chad.
“There will be a discussion on Lake Chad Basin and how to recharge the lake through Central Africa which will cost about 15 billion dollars.”
“Mr President will engage and push for investors on the project. He will be looking at Public, Private Partnership to mobilise that kind of funding for Lake Chad.”
“Such investment will have direct impact on at least five million people”
According to Onyeama, the EU would be putting 31 billion euros on the table to address certain issues affecting Middle East and part of Africa.
He said Nigeria was the only one invited for the meeting to look into how to spend the money, adding that the forum would give Nigeria opportunity to access the fund.