President leaves for AU Summit



President Goodluck Jonathan was on Wednesday expected to leave the country for the 22nd Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government in Ethiopia.

The event is scheduled for Thursday in the capital Addis Ababa.

Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government will formally launch the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, which coincides with the 1oth anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme.

The African Union has declared 2014 as The Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa and the 22nd summit of African Union Heads of State and Government will have “Transforming Africa’s” Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.

Abati said the participating Heads of State and Government would also consider and adopt the reports of high-level committees on the Assessment of the African Standby Force and the Operationalization of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises as well as the reports of other high-level committees on United Nations Reforms, the post-2015 Development Agenda and African Trade and Climate Change.

He said the President will be accompanied to the summit by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, Honourable Garba Shehu Nicholas, the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, the Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, the Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu and the Supervising Minister of Environment, Darius Ishaku.

The President and his delegation will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the summit on Friday.

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