• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT GNASSINGBE EYADEMA OF TOGO VISITED THE TOWN OF JOS IN BENUE-PLATEAU, NORTHERN NIGERIA, ON TUESDAY (22 OCTOBER) AS PAR OF HIS SEVEN-DAY TOUR OF THE COUNTRY.

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    PRESIDENT GNASSINGBE EYADEMA OF TOGO VISITED THE TOWN OF JOS IN BENUE-PLATEAU, NORTHERN NIGERIA, ON TUESDAY (22 OCTOBER) AS PAR OF HIS SEVEN-DAY TOUR OF THE COUNTRY. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON -- WHO WAS BORN IN BENUE-PLATEAU STATE -- THEIR WIVES AND SEVERAL TOP AIDES.

    PRESIDENT EYADEMA ARRIVED IN NIGERIA ON MONDAY (21 OCTOBER) WITH A 57-MEMBER ENTOURAGE, WHICH IS INTERPRETED AS INDICATING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TOGOLESE LEADER'S VISIT.

    ON WEDNESDAY (23 OCTOBER) THE TWO HEADS OF STATE VISITED THE PANKSHIN-KURU ROAD JUNCTION, SOUTH OF JOS, WHERE PRESIDENT EYADEMA OFFICIALLY OPENED THE NEW BUKURU-PANKSHIN-SHENDAM ROAD. THE 155-MILE (225-KILOMETRE) ROAD HAS COST THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT ABOUT 5 MILLION POUNDS STERLING (12 MILLION US DOLLARS).

    AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE TOGOLESE LEADER SAID THAT FOOD ROODS WERE VITAL TO THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF A NATION, AND ESSENTIAL IN THE CRUSADE BY AFRICAN COUNTRIES AGAINST IGNORANCE, DISEASE, POVERTY AND HUNTER.

    DURING HIS WEEK-LONG VISIT TO NIGERIA, PRESIDENT EYADEMA WILL DISCUSS WITH GENERAL GOWON BETWEEN THEIR TWO COUNTRIES, DECOLONISATION IN AFRICA AND OTHER WORLD ISSUES. THEY ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO REVIEW PROPOSALS FOR THE FORMATION OF A REGIONAL COMMON MARKET TO EMBRACE ENGLISH AND FRENCH-SPEAKING WEST AFRICAN STATES.

    SYNOPSIS: THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL 'PLANE CARRIED TOGOLESE LEADER GNASSINGBE AND HIS HOST, NIGERIAN LEADER YAKUBU GOWON, TO JOS AIRPORT IN NORTHERN NIGERIA ON TUESDAY.

    THE TOUR WAS PART OF PRESIDENT EYADEMA'S SEVEN-DAY VISIT TO NIGERIA, WHICH BEGAN ON MONDAY. THE TOGOLESE LEADER RECEIVED A FULL CEREMONIAL WELCOME IN JOS. THE FOUR-DAY TOUR PROGRAMME OF THE NIGERIAN COUNTRYSIDE PRECEDED A SERIES OF TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO LEADERS IN THE CAPITAL, LAGOS.

    THEY ARE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS, DECOLONISATION IN AFRICA AND PROPOSALS FOR THE SETTING UP OF A WEST AFRICAN COMMON MARKET.

    AFTER LEAVING THE AIRPORT, PRESIDENT EYADEMA AND GENERAL GOWON DROVE THROUGH THE STREETS OF JOS. THEY RECEIVED A WARM WELCOME FROM WAITING CROWDS. GENERAL GOWON WAS BORN IN NORTHERN NIGERIA. PRESIDENT EYADEMA WAS LATER GUEST OF HONOUR AT A CIVIC RECEPTION.

    ON THE FOLLOWING DAY -- WEDNESDAY -- THE TOGOLESE LEADER VISITED THE PANKSHIN-KURU ROAD JUNCTIONS, SOUTH OF JOS. PRESIDENT EYADEMA OFFICIALLY OPENED THE ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY-FIVE-MILE BUKURU-PANKSHIN-SHENDAM ROAD, WHICH HAS COST NIGERIA NEARLY FIVE MILLION POUNDS STERLING TO BUILD. DURING THE CEREMONY, HE SAID GOOD ROADS WERE VITAL TO THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF A NATION, AND ESSENTIAL IN THE CRUSADE AGAINST IGNORANCE, DISEASE, POVERTY AND HUNGER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7KN52INH8E8LUGVLVV3E7293Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA7KN52INH8E8LUGVLVV3E7293Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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