Jonathan concludes visit to Namibia

WINDHOEK: Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan concluded his two-day State visit after joining Namibians in celebrating their country’s 24th Independence anniversary on Friday.

Jonathan was accompanied by his spouse Patience Jonathan and a 56-member delegation. They arrived at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday morning.

The Nigerian president was the guest of honour at the Independence celebrations held at the Independence stadium in Olympia, during which Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba bestowed upon Jonathan the Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis First Class.

Pohamba conferred the medal as a token of appreciation to Nigeria for her contribution to Namibia’s independence.

On Thursday, the two nations signed 11 agreements, and include training of Namibian foreign relations’ officers at the Nigerian Foreign Services’ Academy; youth development; the waiver of visa requirements for citizens of both parties holding diplomatic and official passports; bilateral air services; cooperation in the legal field; an extradition treaty.

Co-operation agreements in the fields of geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy were also signed as well as trade, investment and economic cooperation, and tourism.