Jonathan on state visits to Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana

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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan left Abuja, on Wednesday, for an official visit to three African nations including Rwanda, Ethiopia and Ghana.

According to a state-ment issued in Abuja, bila-teral talks and signing of a communiqué to formalise all agreements reached between the Nigeria and Rwanda would be the high point of his visit to the country.

The statement said the talks, to be held in President Paul Kagame’s office in the Presidential Palace, Urug-wiro, would be preceded by a visit to the Genocide Memorial Site, in Kigali, where Jonathan would lay a wreath.

The two leaders would, thereafter, address a joint press conference before Jonathan’s departure to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The statement said in Ethiopia, President Jona-than would hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, address a joint press conference and meet with a cross-section of the Nigerian community residing in the country.

While in Ghana, Jona-than would be conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administra-tion, as part of the cele-bration of its Golden Jubilee and would later be hosted to a State Banquet by President John Atta-Mills at The Castle, Accra.

Jonathan was accompanied by Senator Andy Uba; Honourable Ibrahim El-Sudi; Amba-ssador Olugbenga Ashiru, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Labaran Maku, Minister of Information and Dr Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Trade and Investment.

Others on the entourage included Mr Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede, Managing Director of Access Bank; Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group; Mr Jim Ovia, founder of Visafone and Mr Tony Elumelu of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

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