Nigerian president arrives for State visit

20 Mar 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his 56-member delegation touched down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday morning.
President Jonathan is paying a two-day State visit to Namibia, and he will be the guest of honour at Friday’s 24th Independence celebrations scheduled to take place at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.
Upon his arrival at around 07h00, the Nigerian president was welcomed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Education Minister David Namwandi; Namibia’s High Commissioner to Nigeria Peingeondjabi Shipoh, and other senior Government officials.
A number of Nigerians living in Namibia, including a cultural group, were also present to welcome that country’s Head of State.
A welcoming ceremony was planned for later on Thursday morning at State House, where he would be received by President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, Cabinet Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to Namibia, and other senior Government officials.
The two Heads of State were set to engage in official talks, which will culminate into a signing of agreements.
President Jonathan is scheduled to attend a business forum at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino on Thursday afternoon before visiting the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) and Sat-Com Communications Solutions, which will be followed by a State Banquet late in the evening.
The visiting First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan and her Namibian counterpart, First Lady Penexupifo Pohamba, will have a separate programme.
They are scheduled to visit the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Nakara, and the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) before joining the Heads of State at a State banquet.