The president of Nigeria, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan arrived with a big welcome on Friday, November 8th for a two-day state visit. Which is President Jonathan’s first visit to Banjul since coming to power in May, 2010. The public came out in large numbers to welcome the distinguished guest and his delegation in true show of Gambian hospitality.
The itinerary for President Jonathan’s visit included a traditional airport ceremony, after which he was escorted in a convoy of vehicles to the luxurious Coco Ocean Resort where he settled for a private dinner. During his stay President Jonathan visited the Nigerian High Commission along the Bertil Harding Highway in Kanifing where he commissioned the new Chancery Building and held a meeting with the Nigerian community. He then departed to State House after the commissioning to meet his Gambian counterpart, President Jammeh and also visited the Sandele Ecotourism Park before wrapping up his two-day visit.
Good Luck Jonathan’s Gambia visit is being described as a significant step in the relations between the two countries. President Jonathan is not the first Nigerian president to visit The Gambia, as successive leaders have made it to the country during their tenures in office which has always been underpinned by the desire to strengthen the longstanding relationship between Banjul and Abuja. The Gambia and Nigeria continue to maintain good relations and the over years, have cooperated in key areas critical to the development of both countries. Nigeria has for many years now been consistent in its technical aid assistance to The Gambia in which it supplies qualified personnel to work in various sectors such as agriculture, health and education.