Addis Ababa – President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday arrived in Addis Ababa to attend the 21st Ordinary Session of the AU Heads of State and Government scheduled for May 25 to May 27.
The President is also expected to attend the 50th anniversary of the AU with the theme; “Pan-Africanism and Africa Renaissance,” scheduled to take place on Saturday in Addis Ababa.
Jonathan, who landed at the Ethiopian International Airport, Addis Ababa, was received on arrival by Mr Abdallah Hassan, Ethiopian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, the Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Olugbenga Ashiru and Bulus Lolo, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU.
The President is being accompanied on the trip by Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Sen. Hosea Ayoola and Hajiya Ka’amuna Khadi, Deputy Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Marine Transport among others.
The 21st Ordinary Session is expected to endorse the proclamation of AU as adopted by the Executive Council.
The Assembly will also endorse AU strategic plan for 2014 to 2017, which was adopted by the 14th extraordinary session of the Executive Council on April 8.
The Assembly will equally endorse the AUC 2014 draft budget of 380 million dollars as adopted by the council of the ministers.
The AU Heads of States will also adopt the commission’s post-2015 Development Agenda and the draft of African Common Position on the issue and modalities for the establishment of a committee of Heads of State and Government.
NAN reports that the presidents are expected to adopt the report of the Advisory Sub-Committee on Administrative, Budgetary and Financial Matters reviewed by the council as the commission’s Draft Budget for 2014.
They will also adopt the AU Commission Draft Strategic Plan from 2014 to 2017.
The council had during its Thursday session endorsed Nigeria as the Africa’s candidate for the non-Permanent UN Security Council Seat, scheduled for October.
20 World leaders are expected to attend the OAU/AU Golden Jubilee which would be covered by more than 450 Newsmen drawn from Africa and beyond. (NAN)