Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has traveled to China, three days after the President Muhammadu Buhari also embarked on an official visit to the country.
In a statement issued by the Governor’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, on Wednesday, April 13, Fayose’s trip to the Asian nation is to attend the 119th China Import and Export Fair, otherwise known as the Canton Fair holding between April 14 and 19.
In trying to justice the trip, Olayinka said the Governor had only travelled out of the country twice since he assumed office in October 2014 and this trip to China makes it the third.
He said it is part of Fayose’s goal to to boost agriculture and improve technological expertise of artisans in the state, adding that he is expected to seek partnership with potential investors and technical experts without recourse to any loan.
On the other hand, Buhari’s trip to China is to sign a loan infrastructure projects deal worth about $2 billion and the low interest loan is to be deployed to finance the N3 trillion deficit in the budget.
“The governor will hold talks with prospective investors in mechanised farming, experts in skill acquisition, particularly training in the area of perfect finishing in building construction as well as experts in auto-repairs modern technologies,” Olayinka said.
The Canton Fair, which is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and autumn, with a history of 59 years since 1957, attracts various types of business activities such as economic and technical co-operations and exchanges.
Theinfostride recalls that Fayose had described Buhari trip to China and past trips as a waste of Nigeria’s scarce resources.
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