Dahomean President Mathieu Kerekou, arrived in Lagos on Saturday (21 April) for a one-day official visit.
Dahomean President Mathieu Kerekou, arrived in Lagos on Saturday (21 April) for a one-day official visit. The president was accompanied by a 20 member delegation, which was welcomed at the airport by Nigerian Federal leader, General Yakubu Gowon. Nigerian Civil Commissioners, Armed Forces Chiefs and members of the Diplomatic Corps were also present to greet the Dahomean party.
After impressive airport ceremonies, including a guard of honour and a 21-gun salute, Major Kerekou met cheering Dahomeans assembled near the airport tarmac. This was Major Kerekou's first visit to Nigeria since he came to power in Dahomey last October.
The Dahomean President's talks with General Gowon took place behind closed doors. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between their counties, especially the free movement of people and goods between their common frontier. In a communique issued after the talks, the two leaders agreed the sharing of energy resources between their countries would be mutually advantageous.
The two leaders discussed the West African Economic Community and stressed the need for closer economic and political ties in the West African region.
In recent years Nigerian has provided Dahomey with financial and technical aid. In addition to an interest free loan of about 1 million pounds sterling (U.S.$ 2.4 million) Nigeria has contributed to Dahomey's road building programme.
SYNOPSIS: Arriving in Lagos on Saturday, with a twenty member delegation, was Dahomean Head of State, Major Mathieu Kerekou.
On hand to welcome the Dahomean delegation at the airport was Nigerian Federal leader General Yakubu Gowon.
The Dahomean President was in Nigeria on a one day official visit. This was the first time Major Kerekou had visited Nigeria since he came to power in Dahomey last October. Nigerian Armed Forces Chiefs, Civil Commissioners and members of the diplomatic corps were present to greet the president.
After a welcoming twenty-one gun salute, President Kerekou inspected a guard of honour. Talks between General Gowon and Major Kerekou took place behind closed doors. A communique after the meeting stressed the need for closer economic ties between countries in the West African region. The economic grouping of six French speaking African counties in the West was discussed by the two leaders.
Subjects for discussion between the Dahomean and Nigerian team were also expected to include the free movement of people and gods across their common frontier.
The two leaders agreed the sharing of energy resources by the two countries would be mutually advantageous.
Dahomeans, residing in Nigeria, were at the airport to greet their visiting President. Manor Kerekou walked among the spoke with his fellow countrymen and women.
Nigeria has provided Dahomey with financial and technical aid. One million pounds sterling has already been loaned on an interest free basis. Nigeria has also contributed to Dahomey's road-building programme. Dahomey is anxious to strengthen its economic ties with immediate neighbours especially Nigeria.