By BEN AGANDE, Ivory coast
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday promised to continue working with President Alassane Ouattara and other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to achieve greater peace, security, political stability and economic prosperity in the sub-region.
He spoke yesterday at the City Hall in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast shortly after he was presented with the keys to the city by its Mayor, Konan Ouanigbe Jean.
According to the President, African leaders must work harder to foster greater political stability and accelerate economic growth within their countries and across the continent as no significant progress can be attained without stable governance structures and stronger national economies.
“Without political stability our economies cannot grow and stronger economies will help us achieve greater political stability. We need to strengthen ECOWAS by strengthening our individual countries economically and politically.
We must continue to do our best in this regard,” President Jonathan said.
President Jonathan who is on a two day state visit to Ivory Coast promised that his government will strive to ensure that the already cordial relationship between nigeria and Ivory Coast was strengthened.
He welcomed the gesture by the government of Ivory Coast which offered admission to fifty Nigerians to study any course of their choice in the Felix Houphouet-Boigny National Polytechnic in Yamoussoukro as part of efforts to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
He promised that he federal would ensure that at least one Student from each of the thirty six states of the country was selected for the Programme.
The President thanked the Mayor and people of Yamoussoukro for honouring him and the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan with the freedom of the home town of late President Felix Houphouet-Boigny who he described as “one of Africa’s greatest sons”.
The President had after a colourful welcoming ceremony in the city, proceeded to lay a wreath at the burial vault of late President Houphouet-Boigny.
Formal bilateral talks will be held between Nigerian and Ivorian government delegations in Abidjan tomorrow. President Jonathan will also address the Ivorian Parliament there and meet with Nigerians resident in Cote D’Ivoire before returning to Nigeria later in the day.