Buhari Departs Lagos for Dakar Tuesday to Attend International Confab on Agric

* Due back in Abuja Wednesday

Deji Elumoye in Abuja 

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to depart Lagos for Dakar, the Senegalese capital, on Tuesday to attend the 2nd edition of Dakar International Conference on Agriculture. 

According to a release issued on Monday by the Media Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, the

high-level Dakar 2 Summit hosted by President Macky Sall of Senegal and the Chairperson of the African Union is holding under the theme ‘Feeding Africa: Food Sovereignty and Resilience’.

The conference, which seeks to create favourable conditions towards achieving food security in Africa, is convened jointly by the government of Senegal and the African Development Bank (AfDB). 

There will also be side meetings to discuss agreements on the delivery of food and agricultural products in some countries, including Nigeria. 

With Africa accounting for 249 million or a third of the 828 million hungry people in the world, the Summit, to be attended by African Heads of State and Government, ministers of finance and agriculture, as well as several global development partners, are expected to make commitments on eradicating hunger in Africa by 2030.

The president’s delegation is made up of ministers and top government officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; his Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mohammed Babagana Monguno and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

President Buhari is expected back in the country on Wednesday, January 25. 

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