Buhari Off To South Korea Amid Nationwide Flooding

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday departed Abuja for Seoul, South Korea to participate in the First World Bio Summit, 2022.

Jointly organized by the Government of the Republic of Korea and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the two-day Summit (October 25-26), has the theme: ‘The Future of Vaccine and Bio-Health.’

Nigeria was invited to the Summit based on her selection with five other African countries by WHO and the European Union (EU) during the last EU-African Summit in Brussels, Belgium in February this year for mRNA technology transfer and Global Training Hub for Bio-manufacturing of vaccines on the African continent.

Also expected to feature at the World Bio Summit are CEOs of global vaccine and Biologics companies who will share and shape ideas on the theme, given that, according to the organisers, “global health security profoundly depends on the innovation and development in the bio-industry.” The partnership between the Republic of Korea and WHO is, therefore, to underscore not only the above historic truth but also the need to launch international stage-efforts on the nature of creativity and innovation required to contain any future health pandemic.

President Buhari, who is expected to deliver a Statement at the Summit, and meet separately with President Yoon Suk-yeol of the Republic of Korea, will also seek other ways of more effective partnerships that impact positively on the lives and safety of Nigerians during his other engagements and meetings while in Seoul.

Accompanying the Nigerian leader are Governors Aminu Bello Masari and Abubakar Sani Bello of Katsina and Niger states; Geoffrey Onyeama, Osagie Ehanire and Adeniyi Adebayo, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Health, Industry, Trade and Investment respectively; and Timipre Sylva, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources.

Others on the delegation are Mohammed Monguno, National Security Adviser; Ahmed Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency; Moji Adeyeye, Director-General, NAFDAC; Ifedayo Adetifa, Director-General, NCDC; Bashir Jamoh, Director-General, NIMASA; Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, NiDCOM as well as other top government officials. President Buhari is expected back home after the Summit.

This is as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), at the weekend, raised the alarm that more than 2.5 million people in Nigeria are in need of humanitarian assistance – 60 per cent of whom are children – and are at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition due to the most severe flooding in the past decade.

The floods, which have affected 34 out of 36 states in the country, have displaced 1.3 million people. Over 600 people have lost their lives and over 200,000 houses have either been partially or fully damaged.

-Premium Times

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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