Nigeria donates 47 vehicles, military equipment to Niger for AU summit
London, July 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria on Saturday confirmed the donation 47 vehicles and military equipment to Niger Republic to help it successfully host the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union on African Continental Free Trade Area and the First Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities.
The AfCFTA session is holding in Niamey, the capital of Niger.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Niger Republic, Attahiru Dahiru, disclosed this to journalists in Niamey as AU leaders arrived for the summit.
The items donated included two Armoured Personnel Carriers, five Toyota Coaster buses and 100 bullet-proof vests worth 2.8 million CFA.
The Nigerian envoy, who said the donation was made on the request of the Government of Niger, added that 40 other vehicles of different brands were handed over to the West African country.
“Everything they requested has been provided for them and they are happy,” Dahiru told reporters.
President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja on Saturday for the summit.
He is billed to sign the AfCFTA agreement on Sunday (today).
The Presidency had stated on Friday that the summit was “expected to launch the operational instruments of the agreement establishing AfCFTA.”
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement gave further details.
The Presidency stated, “The instruments include, AfCFTA Rules of Origin, Tariff Concession Portals, Portal on Monitoring and Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers, Digital Payments and Clearing Systems and African Trade and Observatory Dashboard.
“Prior to the summit, the Buhari administration had embarked on extensive consultations with stakeholders, culminating in the submission of the report by the Presidential Committee to Assess Impact and Readiness of Nigeria to join the AfCFTA.
“The committee had recommended that Nigeria should sign the agreement which aims to boost intra-African trade.
“President Buhari will sign the AfCFTA Agreement on the margins of the AU meeting in Niamey.”
The President had while accepting the report on the AfCFTA on Jun 27, noted, ‘’For AfCFTA to succeed, we must develop policies that promote African production, among other benefits.
“Africa, therefore, needs not only a trade policy but also a continental manufacturing agenda. Our vision for intra-African trade is for the free movement of ‘made in Africa goods.’ That is, goods and services made locally with dominant African content in terms of raw materials and value addition.’’