#InCaseYouMissedIt: President Jonathan travels to Brazil to talk about the environment


by Tolu Orekoya

The United Nation’s Earth summit, also known as Rio+20 will hold from June 22 to 24, drawing environmental groups and heads of states from across the globe to deliberate on several topics including ecoconservatism, and third world growth and a host of other issues. The president is travelling, with a smaller-than-usual entourage to the forum, leaving behind the growing crisis in the North of the country.

From the Punch:

Jonathan is going to the Brazilian commercial capital city, Rio de Janeiro, to take part in this year’s United Nations’ Earth Summit.

While in Rio de Janeiro, Jonathan is expected to participate in the summit’s four plenary sessions at Rio Centro Convention Centre on Wednesday and Thursday. He will also attend a reception hosted by the Brazilian President for Heads of Government at the summit.

The President is expected to travel with his wife, Patience; Governors Ibrahim Shema and Seriake Dickson of Katsina and Bayelsa states respectively.

Other people on the President’s entourage are the Ministers of Environment, Mrs Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafiya; Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ohekpe; Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga; and Senator Benedict Ayade.

However, while the President will be in the South American country, security forces will be working to contain the crisis in Kaduna State where the death toll in Sunday’s multiple bombing and consequent reprisal is said to have risen to 74.

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