Queen Elizabeth to visit Nigeria next year

Posted by Webby on 7/29/2002 9:13:51 PM
Post Comment Queen Elizabeth to visit Nigeria next year Nigeria
THE British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II is to visit Nigeria next year to flag off the next Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for Abuja.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammed Abba – Gana disclosed this at the weekend while declaring open the 5th annual conference of the Society for the Study of Pain, Nigeria (SSPN).

He said President Olusegun Obasanjo had already given him directive to build a mansion where Queen Elizabeth would lodge during the Commonwealth meeting.

Abba – Gana assured that the Queen would be made very comfortable in Abuja during the visit adding that all hands would be on deck to keep the city clean and beautiful ahead of the 8th All African Games and the Commonwealth meeting.

The Minister rated Abuja as one of the most beautiful cities on the African continent. He said the city was free from air pollution and congestion associated with other major cities of the world.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has been commended for the preparations it had so far made towards a successful hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The commendation was made over the weekend when a delegation from the Commonwealth secretariat, led by the Director, Communication and Public Affairs at the secretariat, Mr Joel Kibazo, met with President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa.

Kibazo informed the president that the facilities the delegation had seen so far had convinced it of the determination and commitment of Nigeria to successfully host the summit of the 54-nation organisation.

He said the Commonwealth secretariat was still consulting with other Heads of Government to reach an agreeable date but assured that the meeting would be held in the second half of 2003.

Kibazo told Obasanjo that the commonwealth secretary-general was keen that the meeting be successful and would consequently offer all necessary advise towards attaining that objective.

The three-man delegation which included the Commonwealth’s Deputy Director of the conference unit, Mr Anthony Griffith, and the special adviser on political affairs to the secretary-general, Mr Syed Shariffudin, had been in the country for a week, during which it toured some Nigerian cities that would host some activities of the summit.

The delegation leader thanked the President for the warm reception hospitality and clear commitment of the Nigerian Task Force on CHOGM 2003, led by Ambassador Oluremi Esan, during the delegations visit.

In his remarks, President Obasanjo assured that the federal government was determined to ensure a successful hosting of CHOGM 2003, and would that the best of Nigeria’s hospitality on display.

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