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Aircraft fault forces shettima to abandon US-Africa Summit

Aircraft fault forces shettima to abandon US-Africa Summit

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, has been designated to represent President Bola Tinubu at the 2024 US-Africa Summit (business) in Dallas, Texas, replacing Vice President Kashim Shettima, as previously announced.

According to a statement released by Shettima’s spokesperson on Monday evening, Mr. Stanley Nkwocha, the Vice President’s aircraft encountered technical issues, compelling him to alter his travel plans on the advice of the Presidential Air Fleet.

Titled ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs To Now Represent President Tinubu at US-Africa Summit ,’ the statement clarified that Vice President Shettima has returned to Abuja and will resume other national duties.

The summit, set to convene at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, aims to gather political and business leaders from Africa, the United States, and other regions to discuss economic cooperation and investment opportunities.

African dignitaries scheduled to attend include Presidents Joseph Boakai of Liberia, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, Joao Lourenço of Angola, Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi of Botswana, José Maria Neves of Cabo Verde, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Nthomeng Majara.

The event, hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa, will feature various dialogues, networking sessions, and plenaries addressing topics such as African infrastructure investment, agribusiness development, and navigating Africa’s energy future.

Minister Tuggar is slated to participate in discussions on these topics and is expected to chair a session dedicated to promoting investment in Nigeria.

He will also engage in other meetings and engagements during the summit and is scheduled to return to Nigeria upon the conclusion of his activities in the US.

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