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Buhari attends education summit in London and has bilateral talks with Prime Minister Johnson



By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for the UK on Monday to attend the Global Education Summit on Global Partnership for Education (GPE) funding from 2021 to 2025.

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, who confirmed the development in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the summit would be co-hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta .

According to him, the summit will bring together heads of state and government as well as stakeholders and young leaders, and will provide a platform for partners to chart the way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through to the exchange of good practices.

“It will also provide leaders with the opportunity to make a 5-year commitment to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

“Summit deliberations will focus on: The Power of Education – A Conversation Among Global Champions; Transforming girls’ education; Funding for Impact and Recovery and; And now? Priorities for the transformation of education over the next five years, among others, ” said Adesina.

He revealed that the Nigerian leader will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He said: “After the summit, the president will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical examination.

“He is due to return by the second week of August 2021.”

The presidential assistant revealed that Buhari would be accompanied by Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of National Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Advisor, retired Major General Babagana Monguno and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that GPE 2021-2025 will be a key moment for the global community to come together and support quality education for all children.

A centerpiece of the summit will be an opportunity for leaders to make a five-year pledge to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

The GPE will take place on July 28-29, 2021.

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