Ghana's Head of State, General Frederick Akuffo, started a three day State visit to Nigeria when he arrived at Lagos Airport on Wednesday (6 December), to a 21 gun salute.
GV Ghana's Head of State General Frederick Akuffo out of plane and down steps, presented with flowers, then greeted by Nigerian Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo
SV National flags ZOOM OUT TO guard of honour
GV General Akuffo inspecting guard as band plays
SV Crowd waving flags, and cheering
SV Official party including two heads of state PAN TO crowd of Ghanian nationals living in Nigeria signing and waving
GV Motorcade with motorcycle out-riders leaves airport
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Background: Ghana's Head of State, General Frederick Akuffo, started a three day State visit to Nigeria when he arrived at Lagos Airport on Wednesday (6 December), to a 21 gun salute. The Nigerian Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, and other members of the Nigerian Administration were on hand to greet him.
SYNOPSIS: There was a warm welcome for General Akuffo who was appointed his country's Head of State and chairman of its Supreme Military Council in July. During his visit, General Akuffo planned to hold two rounds of bilateral talks with his Nigerian counterpart, with other Nigerian and Ghanaian ministerial representatives also taking part.
The leadership in Ghana recently announced that political parties in the country, banned since 1972, could be formed in preparation for next year's return to a parliamentary democracy. This followed proposals for free parliamentary and presidential elections as put forward by a Constitutional Commission at the end of last month (November).
General Akuffo was greeted by more than 400 Ghanians resident in Lagos who sang and danced for him.
The welcoming formalities over, the two leaders left for State House. Their talks were to centre on education, culture and industrial relations.