By Timothy Choji Niamey
Niamey the capital city of Niger Republic is now wearing new look ahead of Sunday’s opening of the 33rd Summit of the African Union AU.
Security has been beefed up within and around the city as visitors from across Africa arrive in Niamey.
The streets are adorned with flags of the various countries that are members of AU, while the venue for the opening and plenary sessions has been well cordoned by security operatives, who are restricting movements in and out of the hall.
The accreditation centre for Journalists covering the summit is also a beehive as Journalists make last minute effort to obtain tags that will grant them access to all the sessions.
The Press Centre is set for use by Journalists covering the gathering of leaders of African countries.
With the influx of Journalists and delegates for the summit, petty traders in Niger are already making brisk business with most of them smiling to the banks already.
The Diori Hamani international airport, the entry point for Presidents and others attending the summit is also looking beautiful with a newly constructed road leading there.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to touch down at the airport at about 15:30 GMT today Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s opening ceremony.