Vice-President Kashima Shettima is currently in Davos, a
town in Switzerland, for this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF)
with a small company.
The number two citizen travelled
with only five aides – his security detail and director of protocol – to Davos.
Previously — before President Bola Tinubu announced the
downsizing of entourgage — the figure would have been double.
A week ago, Tinubu cut down the size of his entourage, the
vice-president, the first lady, and ministers.
The president directed that his own entourage be cut down to
20 people for international and local trips, while the vice-president is
limited to five people for trips abroad and 15 within the country.
OUTRAGE OVER NIGERIA’S COP28 DELEGATION
The decision to cut down the entourage for public officers
holders came about a month after there was outrage over Nigeria’s delegation to
COP28 climate change conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Nigeria had the largest delegation in Africa after having a
record number of 1,411. Nigeria and China with the same figure, had the third largest number of delegates after
UAE and Brazil.
Gilbert Chagoury, a Lebanese-Nigerian businessman, was among
the delegation and was listed as Tinubu’s “confidante”.
However, Mohammed Idris, minister of information and
national orientation, says only 422 people out of the record 1,411-member
delegation from Nigeria were sponsored by the federal government.
CONFLICTS, CLIMATE CHANGE, AI TO TOP WORLD DISCOURSE AT WEF
This year’s WEF meeting will focus on conflicts, climate
change, artificial intelligence (AI) among other issues.
Over 70 heads of state and government will be holding public
and private speaking events at Davos.
Stanley Nkwocha, media aide to the vice-president, announced
that his principal will be at the launch of the Private Sector Action Plan for
African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA).
Nwocha said Shettima would also chair a roundtable dialogue
on Nigeria’s economic path and attend a special session dedicated to building
trust in the global energy transition programme.
The curtains on this year’s WEF will close on Friday.
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