Buhari back to Abuja after two weeks in London - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Buhari back to Abuja after two weeks in London

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after joining world leaders in making firm commitment to increase funding of education sector at the recent Global Education Summit in London, United Kingdom.

He has also used the opportunity of the trip to carry out routine medical check-up.

The Global Education summit, co-hosted by British prime minister, Boris Johnson and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya successfully generated about $4 billion out of the targeted $5 billion for the transformation of the education sector in low income countries, including Nigeria.

The summit focused on topical issues including Education’s Reset – Learning from Covid; Transforming the Child’s Learning Journey; Gender Equality In and Through Education; Ripple Effect – Education’s Impact on Sustainability and Financing for Impact – Volume, Equity, Efficiency.

At the summit, Buhari pledged to increase the budget for the education sector in Nigeria by as much as 50 per cent over the next two years.

He had  stated: “We commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50 per cent over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025 beyond the 20 per cent global benchmark.”

The President’s plane, Nigeria Air Force 1, touched down at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at about 18.00 hours on Friday.

On hand to receive him were his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor; the three service chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello.

On arrival, Buhari inspected a guard of honour mounted by officers and men of the Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army before watching displays by cultural troops representing different Nigerian cultures.

Thereafter, the President hopped into an helicopter which took him to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Before departing London, Buhari visited former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, who is believed to be on medical trip to London.

A wireless message dispatched Thursday night by the Nigeria Police Force had hinted that  Buhari will return to Abuja on Friday after a two week visit to the United Kingdom.

The wireless message to all Sector Commanders and Divisional Police Officers at the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) Command directed that they mobilise adequately inward Abuja.

The message stated inter alia: “Mr President will be arriving Abuja from his trip outside the country tomorrow (Friday), the 12/08/2021 by 1700hrs.

“Compol (Commissioner of Police) directs all Sector Commanders and DPOs to deploy adequately inward Abuja. Time in position, 1530hrs”.

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