Nigeria's President arrives Malabo for AU summit

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan arrived Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Wednesday for the 17th African Union (AU) Summit.

President Jonathan was received on arrival at the Malabo International Airport by the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Ignacio Milam Tang; Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Martins Uhomoibhi; Nigerian Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea; Gregory Okon and other high ranking officials of Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and the AU.

Accompanied by the First Lady, Dame Patience, and other aides, President Jonathan proceeded from the airport to the AU conference centre in Sipopo, Malabo, to participate in the 25th NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee meeting.  

He will later attend the 15th Summit of the African Peer Review (APR) Forum of Heads of State and Government, and the Summit of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change.

The President is also billed to have an interactive meeting with a cross-section of the Nigerian Community in Malabo Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, President Jonathan will join his African counterparts for the opening ceremony of the 17th AU Summit, with the theme: “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development."

The opening ceremony will be followed by closed-session debates by the African Leaders.

In the evening, the President and other African leaders will be hosted by President Theodoro Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at a Presidential Banquet.

Friday will feature the resumption of AU summit debates before the closing ceremony.  

African leaders at the summit are expected to take far-reaching decisions that will improve the socio-economic well being of youths in the continent.

The President is expected back in Nigeria on Friday night.
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29 june 2011 12:09:28




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