Jonathan embarks on 2-day visit to Equatorial Guinea


President Goodluck Jonathan to visit Equatorial Guinea with two governors, two legislators and six serving ministers.

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Thursday embark on a two-day state visit to Equatorial Guinea, the presidency announced on Wednesday.

The president, as has become characteristic, will travel with a large entourage consisting of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State

Also on the entourage are the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke.

The Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada; and the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Nurudeen Mohammed; will go along with president.

In addition, a Senator, Ibrahim Gobir; and a member of the House of Representative, Cyril Egwuatu; would be on the president’s entourage.

In a statement, Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated that the visit is in continuation of the Federal Government’s efforts to boost economic and trade relations between Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

Mr. Abati said the president would, in the course of the visit, hold talks in Malabo with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on various issues of mutual interest to both countries.

He said the issues included the enhancement of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, exploitation of oil and gas resources and the enhancement of developmental cooperation between both countries.

“It is expected that new agreements on strengthening of economic relations and developmental cooperation between both countries will be concluded and signed before the end of the visit on Friday,” Mr. Abati stated.

The presidential spokesperson also noted that the president would meet with Nigerians resident in Equatorial Guinea before returning to Abuja.



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