President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is scheduled to travel out of the country to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago for official engagements today.
The President, who is scheduled to be accompanied by his wife Dame Patience Jonathan will touch base in Trinidad and Tobago today where he will participate in the country’s 2012 Emancipation Celebrations.
Tagged a ‘historic state visit’ President Jonathan and the First Lady of Nigeria are expected to arrive at the Piarco International Airport to a formal Military Guard of Honour. Subsequently, the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet will welcome their Excellencies on arrival.
It is also expected that President Jonathan will also hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar and her Cabinet, on trade and energy related matters. This is with a view to further develop enduring partnerships between the two countries.
During the visit Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar will host the president and his entourage to a lunch on the 2nd of August at the Diplomatic Centre in honour of their Excellencies and on the occasion of Emancipation Day , 2012.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 announced the formation of a Chamber of Commerce of Nigeria, and has been actively involved in areas of technical co-operation in health care and Energy related matters. The Nigerian President will also visit key energy and shipping installations.
This will be the second official meeting of the two Heads of Government. Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar and President Jonathan met and held discussions previously in Australia, during Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in October 2011.
After departing Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday the president will proceed to Jamaica where he will also join the people and government of the country in commemorating their 50th anniversary of Independence.
President Jonathan, along with First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan, will be the guest of the people of Jamaica from August 2 to 3.
A statement issued late yesterday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati stated that the President will review the Kambule Street Procession, the major event marking the Trinidad and Tobago Emancipation Day on Wednesday, August 1, with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar.