President Bola Tinubu is set to embark on a journey to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to participate in the inaugural Saudi-Africa Summit. This was revealed by Presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, indicating that the summit is scheduled to take place in Riyadh on Friday.
Ngelale highlighted that the summit provides a platform for President Tinubu to emphasise Nigeria’s dedication to attracting more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and expanding business partnerships. He underscored that these efforts are reinforced by ongoing domestic economic reforms initiated by the Tinubu administration.
Discussions during the summit are expected to cover various aspects, including joint action support, enhanced political coordination, addressing regional security threats, and facilitating economic transformation through research and local development of new energy solutions to boost cross-sectoral investment cooperation.
Accompanying President Tinubu on the trip are key government officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar; Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman; Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mr Wale Edun; Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Sen. Abubakar Bagudu; National Security Adviser (NSA), Malam Nuhu Ribadu; Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Malam Jalal Arabi.
Ngelale confirmed that President Tinubu is expected to return to Abuja after the conclusion of the Saudi-Africa Summit. The trip signifies Nigeria’s proactive engagement on the international stage and its commitment to fostering economic ties with global partners.