By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”PresidentÂ Â Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the present administration will sustain and implement programmes and policies geared towards achieving Nigeriaâ€™s aspiration of being among the top 20 economies in the world by the year 2020.
Jonathan gave the assurance when he received in audience the Coordinator of the Honourary International Investment Council, Baroness Linda Chalker, who was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bob Dewar.
According to him, government would continue to participate actively in the Council in order to accelerate the attainment of its objectives. He noted that it is high time the deliberations of the HIIC translated to concrete development for the citizenry.
The HIIC is a Presidential Initiative to pool influential international and local investors towards attracting foreign direct investment into the country.
Chalker congratulates Jonathan
Chalker said she came to condole with President Jonathan over President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s death, and also to congratulate him on his assumption of office as President.
â€œYou have a tough job to do. We will do all we can to make sure you succeed in the objectives that you set out to achieve as a government,â€ she stated.
She said the forthcoming HIIC meeting slated for 23rd -24th of June in Abuja will focus on tackling the challenges of the power sector, among other economic issues.
Britain condoles Nigeria over Yar’Adua
Also speaking, Bob Dewar reiterated the condolences of Queen Elizabeth and the British Government to Nigeria over President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s death.
He said the British Government looked forward to receiving President Jonathan in London whenever he chose to visit. He added that Britain is committed to building on excellent relations with Nigeria and promoting initiatives geared towards achieving good governance, electoral reforms and sustaining the peace, particularly in the Niger Delta region.