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.