Calabar to Host World Mayors’ Conference


By Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja

Nigeria is set to play host to the 2016 edition of World Mayors Conference scheduled to hold between May 23 and May 27 in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River state.

Chairman, World Mayors’ Conference, African Region, Eyo Asuquo, made this known weekend in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Qin Jian.

“We are at the embassy to officially inform it of the forthcoming World Mayors’ Conference and to solicit the Embassy’s support to mobilise mayors from China to attend the conference,” he said.

Asuquo noted that the objectives of the conference were in line with the agenda of President Buhari to diversify the country’s economy from oil to agriculture and solid minerals.

He added that the conference would be attended by the 774 local government chairmen from the country as well as mayors from Africa, Asia, America and Europe.

Qin Jian, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of China to Nigeria, while appreciating the team for the visit, reiterated that China was always willing and ready to partner Africa in any way it could to promote a win-win cooperation.

He said that China had no fewer than 2,000 mayors in all its provinces.

  • Edim Asekong

    Presently Governor Ayade of Cross River State has been out of town for 2 months running, ordinarily he should play the chief host to such August body. Are you sure he will be back soon enough to be part of this one’s in a lifetime Event? The seat of government in Cross River State has been relocated off shore.

    • The Deputy Governor will receive them. The seat of Government of Cross River State is not relocated offshore. The Governor’s travels are yielding good results for the state including the recent 100mw solar energy power project. The Governor is doing great!