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Buhari will depart Abuja for Accra, Ghana for maritime summit



President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for Accra, Ghana, today, for the third Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) convened by President Nana Akuffo-Ado.

President Buhari is scheduled to participate in and deliver remarks at the high-level discussion on strategies to strengthen peace and security in the fight against maritime-related crimes in the region. 

As the immediate past Chair of the Assembly, Buhari had championed collective efforts by member states of the region, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), GGC and their partners to address and prevent piracy. 

In June 2019, the National Assembly passed the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act, 2019 (POMO Act), which aims at preventing and suppressing piracy, armed robbery and other unlawful acts against a ship. 

The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, among other government officials.

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