President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Sunday for Tehran, Iran where he would participate in the 3rd Gas Exporting Countries' Forum (GECF) opening in the Iranian capital on Monday, November 23, 2015.
A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said Buhari and the leaders of Iran, Russia, Qatar, the Netherlands, Venezuela, Oman, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia and other member-countries of the GECF would review the current market outlook on gas and discuss strategies for boosting gas production during their meeting in Tehran.
Adesina said Nigeria and other GECF members currently accounted 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.
The statement reads: "Buhari who is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with other participating Heads of State and Government on the sidelines of the GECF summit, will also meet with Nigerians resident in Iran.
The president will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the 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 Tuesday, November 24, 2015", the statement added