Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Five new Ambassadors Tuesday presented their letters of credence to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the State House, Abuja.
Receiving them, President Jonathan charged them to explore areas improved trade relations and economic activities with Nigeria.
The ambassadors, Mrs. L. Ann Scott of Jamaica, Mr. Hoand Ngoc Ho of Vietnam, Mr. Jean-Marie Mowelle of Congo, Mr. Zsolt Maris of Hungary and Mr. Rolf Kristian Ree of Norway, were received at different audiences in the State House.
‘Nigerian citizens have been trading with the citizens of Congo, but this has been mostly informal. We should make this formal, so that our relationship will become even stronger’, he told Mr. Jean-Marie Mowelle of Congo.
President Jonathan told Mr. Hoand Ngoc Ho of Vietnam that Nigeria had set a target of 2015 for self-sufficiency in rice production, and urged him to work hard to increase the current $700m trade between the two countries.
The President said Nigeria had opened up its economy to private sector participation, and invited Norwegian businessmen to take advantage of the opportunities, adding that both countries are already cooperating at global for a such as the United Nations.
President Jonathan welcomed the interest shown by Hungary in Nigeria’s gas, and said he wanted Jamaica to become observers in the Africa-South America Summit, in order to further strengthen economic relations.
The new Ambassadors expressed appreciation to President Jonathan for receiving them, and promised to do their best to improve relations between the two countries during their tenures.