Abuja, Nigeria - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, will Wednesday begin a four-day visit to Cote d’Ivoire, where he will join other ECOWAS leaders in Yamassoukrou for the 42nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
A statement here Tuesday by presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said that at the end of the ECOWAS Summit on Thursday, President Jonathan will, at the invitation of host President Alassane Ouattara, embark on a three-day state visit to Cote d’Ivoire.
According to the statement, the Summit will be dominated by ongoing efforts to restore peace, democracy and political stability to Mali and Guinea-Bissau, two countries where Nigeria is playing key roles in the restoration of normalcy.
A new ECOWAS chairperson will also be elected at the Summit.
President Jonathan and other 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.
The Nigerian leader will be accompanied on the trip by First Lady, Patience, Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), parliamentarians Ifeanyi Okowa (Senator), Isa Hassan and Nkeiru Onyejiocha (members of the house of Representatives), 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 also includes representatives of the Nigerian Private Sector, will also meet with Nigerians resident in Cote D’Ivoire before returning to Nigeria on Saturday.