November 20, 2015

Buhari to attend gas exporting countries’ forum in Tehran

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday for Tehran to participate in the 3rd Gas Exporting Countries’ Forum (GECF) opening in the Iranian capital on Monday.

A statement issued by the Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday said that Buhari and other GECF leaders were expected to review the current market outlook on gas and discuss strategies for boosting gas production.

Nigeria and other GECF members currently account for 42 per cent of global gas production‎, 70 per cent of global gas reserves, 40 per cent of pipeline transmission of gas and 65 per cent of the global trade in Liquefied Natural Gas.

According to the release, Buhari will also to hold bilateral talks with other participating Heads of State and Government on the sidelines of the summit and meet with Nigerians resident in Iran.

The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Power, Works & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.).

He is due back in Abuja on Nov. 24.