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West Africa: President Jonathan for Ecowas Summit and State Visit to Cote D?ivoire

President Goodluck Jonathan will join other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Yamassoukrou, Cote d’Ivoire on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 for the 42nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

Ongoing efforts to restore peace, democracy and political stability to Mali and Guinea-Bissau in which President Jonathan and Nigeria are playing key roles will top the agenda of the two-day summit at which a new ECOWAS Chairperson will also be elected.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr reuben Abati, on Tuesday, February 26, said President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government will also receive and consider the 2012 annual report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission as well as the report of the 69th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.

At the conclusion of the Summit on Thursday, President Jonathan will, at the invitation of President Alassane Ouattara, embark on a three-day state visit to Cote D’Ivoire accompanied by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Honourable Isa Hassan, Honourable Nkeiru Onyejiocha, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and other officials of the Federal Government.

Various agreements aimed at fostering trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire will be concluded and signed in Abidjan before the end of the visit.

President Jonathan, whose entourage includes representatives of the Nigerian Private Sector, will also meet with Nigerians resident in Cote D’Ivoire before returning to Nigeria on Saturday.

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