GEJ Jets out to Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica

:President Goodluck Jonathan will today
depart Abuja to attend Trinidad and Tobago
Emancipation Day and Jamaica’s
Independence Anniversary Celebration.
A statement by Special Adviser to the
President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben
Abati, noted that, accompanied by the First
Lady, Dame Patience, Jonathan will review
the Kambule Street Procession, the major
event marking the Trinidad and Tobago
Emancipation Day on Wednesday, August 1,
with the Prime Minister of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Kamla Persad-
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP reads in part: “He (Jonathan) will present a
Goodwill Message to the Procession, pay a courtesy call on Prof. George Maxwell Richards,
President of Trinidad and Tobago and his wife, Dr. Jean Ramjohn Richards and meet with
members of the Nigerian community resident in Trinidad and Tobago.
“President Jonathan and Dame Patience Jonathan will attend the Emancipation Day Cultural
Programme at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village, and be hosted to a State
Banquet by the President of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Abati further noted that the President’s Official visit to Jamaica will commence on Thursday,
August 2, with a Special Commemorative Session of Parliament in his honour, after which he
will be hosted by the Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller.
“Other activities of President Jonathan in Jamaica will include participation in a Mello Go
Round at the National Stadium, a bilateral meeting in the Prime Minister’s office, a meeting
with the Nigerian Community and a luncheon hosted by the Governor-General of Jamaica,
Patrick Allen”.
Noting that President Jonathan is expected back in Abuja on Saturday, August 4, 2012, Abati
explained: “Trinidad and Tobago’s Emancipation Day is celebrated to mark the end of
slavery for Africans in the British Caribbean on August 1, 1838, and has been observed as a
national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago since 1985, while Jamaica attained independence
from Great Britain in 1962”.::::

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