By Vincent Ikuomola


President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to leave for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Tuesday to attend the United Nations’ Earth Summit, RIO+20.

President Jonathan

The summit kicks off on Wednesday.

While in Brazil, the president is expected to participate in the summit’s four plenary meetings at Riocentro Plenary Hall on Wednesday and Thursday.

He will also attend a reception to be hosted by the Brazilian President, Dilma Rouseff,  for Heads of State and Government at the summit.

According to the president’s itinerary made available by his media aide, Dr. Reuben Abati,  President Jonathan will also use the opportunity of the summit to declare open the Nigerian/Brazil RIO+20 Business Forum, and also hold talks with selected Brazilian businessmen and captains of industry.

While in Rio de Janeiro, the president will meet with representatives of the Nigerian Community resident in Brazil and return to Nigeria on Friday.

President Jonathan will be accompanied on the visit by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Governors Ibrahim Shema and Seriake Dickson of Katsina and Bayelsa States respectively.


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