Jonathan and his delegation welcomed at State House

WINDHOEK: Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan dressed in navy and a black hat was warmly welcomed at state house with his 56-member delegation by the Head of State, President Hifikepunye Pohamba together with his Ministers.

Members of the Defence Force led the arrival of Jonathan with songs, while Pohamba and the First Lady, Madam Penexupifo Pohamba awaits for the Nigerian President to arrive.

The Namibian President and the first lady welcomed Jonathan and the Nigerian First lady Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan with hand shakes.

Jonathan and and the first lady went on to shake hands with the Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob and the his deputy as well as the Foreign Affairs Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah before walking down the red carpet to sing the Namibian national anthem.

The welcoming of Jonathan and his delegation was also accompanied by the 21 gun shot.

After the national anthems, Jonathan walked down the red carpet greeting members of the Defence Force and all the people that attended the welcoming.

Pohamba and Jonathan then walked down the carpet to great all the Namibian Ministers and the Nigerian delegation.

They were cheered by cultural dances from different cultural groups, who caught most of the people’s attention.

Cultural groups that cheered the welcoming are; Oshiwambo cultural dancers, Caprivian, Nama’s and the San cultural dancers.

Jonathan touched down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday morning.

President Jonathan is paying a two-day State visit to Namibia, and he will be the guest of honour at Friday’s 24th Independence celebrations scheduled to take place at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

Upon his arrival at around 07h00, the Nigerian president was welcomed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Education Minister David Namwandi; Namibia’s High Commissioner to Nigeria Peingeondjabi Shipoh, and other senior Government officials.

A number of Nigerians living in Namibia, including a cultural group, were also present to welcome that country’s Head of State.

The two Heads of State were engage in official talks, which culminated into a signing of 11 agreements.

President Jonathan also attend a business forum at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino on Thursday afternoon before visiting the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) and Sat-Com Communications Solutions, which was be followed by a State Banquet late in the evening.

The visiting First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan and her Namibian counterpart, First Lady Penexupifo Pohamba, will had a separate programme.

They visited the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Nakara, and the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) before joining the Heads of State at a State banquet.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan sported a smart navy outfit and black hat whilst being warmly welcomed at State House by President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his Ministers on Thursday.

Members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) led the arrival of Jonathan with his 56-member delegation in song.

The Namibian president and First Lady Madam Penexupifo Pohamba welcomed Jonathan and Nigerian First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan with handshakes.

The visitors then went on to shake hands with Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob and his deputy, as well as Foreign Affairs’ Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah before walking down the red carpet to a tent for the rendition of the anthems, followed by a 21-gun salute.

Some Oshiwambo, Caprivian, Nama and San cultural groups brightened up the welcoming ceremony with exquisite dancing and singing.

Jonathan touched down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) this morning for a two-day State visit.

He will also be the guest of honour at Friday’s 24th independence celebrations, scheduled to take place at the Independence Stadium in the capital.

The two Heads of State then engaged in official talks, which culminated into the signing of 11 agreements.

Jonathan was set to attend a business forum at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino this afternoon before visiting the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) and Sat-Com Communications Solutions, which is to be followed by a State banquet late in the evening.

The visiting First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan and her Namibian counterpart, First Lady Penexupifo Pohamba, had a separate programme.

They visited the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Nakara (which produces a wide range of leather garments) and the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) before joining the Heads of State at the State banquet.

SOURCE: NAMPA