Geingob off to Nigeria for Buhari’s inauguration

WINDHOEK: President Hage Geingob will be leaving for Abuja, Nigeria tomorrow to attend the inauguration of the Nagerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

A statement from the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation said President Geingob will be accompanied by the First Lady Monica Geingos, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as well as other senior Government officials.

All Progressive Congress (APC)of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s won with 15.4 million votes against President Goodluck Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP 13. 3 million for the incumbent in the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections in April this year.

The statement said Namibia and Nigeria relations remain excellent since independence. To date various have been signed between the two sister countries.

These include the area of mining, mineral processing, tourism, health, supply of specialised volunteers, culture and education.

Namibia and Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year on training of Namibian foreign relations at the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy.

Regarding the implementation of the education Memorandum of Understanding, in January this year, the Ministry of Education welcomed a group of nineteen (19) Nigerian volunteer teachers in the area of mathematics, physical science, biology and agriculture.

The teachers are stationed in various schools in the Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Kavango, Hardap and Otjozondjupa regions.

Possible future areas of cooperation include business investments, filming industry, agriculture and Information and communication technology.

When the President-elect takes office, it will be the first time in Nigeria’s history for an incumbent elected President to peacefully transfers power to an elected leader of the opposition.

The Namibian Head of State is expected to use the opportunity to hold discussions with various Heads of State and Government on the side-line of the inauguration.

President Geingob and his delegation are expected to return home on the 30th of May.