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Buhari’s visit to UAE: The major takeaways

By Garba Shehu

While both countries left off to further scrutinize the signed agreements in case there are areas to be amended, there is also the indication that a number of other agreements are in the pipeline to strengthen security and economic cooperation between the two. The country which parades two of the world’s most successful airlines, the  Emirates  and  Etihad  is interested in assisting Nigeria restart a national airline.

President Buhari being received by Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed- 3rd Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
President Buhari being received by Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed- 3rd Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Another of these upcoming agreements will lead to the opening of the UAE market for Nigerian exports. The one being worked on security cooperation is to bind    the ministries of interior to information sharing to fight corruption and terrorism.

The two leaders also emphasized their cooperation on climate change and energy issues. By this, it is expected that the UAE will key into the President’s plan to boost access to electricity by tapping into the abundant renewable energy resources available to this country. The UAE has built a whole city that relies on solar energy that is reportedly carbon-free. Climate change is a major topic of concern to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Another line of discussion between the two states will feature plans on the regeneration of the Lake Chad, to reduce poverty in the region and cut African emigration to Europe.

In the assessment of officials on both sides, the visit scored big on issues of security, environment, trade and investment and the war against corruption.

The President was accompanied on the delegation by the NSA and the ministers of Finance, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Environment, State Minister Petroleum and that of Works, Power and Housing.

  • Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President, SSAP( Media and Publicity).  

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