by Stanley Azuakola
On Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan will embark on a three-day working visit to Malawi and Botswana. He will be accompanied on the visit by by Governors Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and Sule Lamido of Jigawa according to a statement by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati on Saturday.
The entourage will also include Senator Sahabi Yau; Mr. Jones Oyereri; the minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sada; minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke; and the minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed.
“The visit is in furtherance of the present administration’s diplomatic initiative aimed at enhancing economic and socio-political relations with other African nations,” the statement read.
President Jonathan would participate in a Nigeria-Malawi Business Forum in Lilongwe, the Malawian capital. He would also confer with President Joyce Banda, as well as launch Malawi’s National Cassava Project. Abati also said that President Jonathan would also meet with Nigerians living in Malawi.
He would then proceed to Gaborone, Botswana on Tuesday for scheduled talks with President Seretse Khama Ian Khama. While in Botswana, Abati said, Jonathan would participate in a Nigeria-Botswana Business Seminar, tour the Jwaneng Mine and Diamond Trading Company and interact with Nigerians living in that country.
President Jonathan would return to Nigeria on Wednesday.