President Goodluck Jonathan arrived at the JFK International Airport in New York early of Sunday ahead of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President was received by the supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Nigerian Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joy Ogwu and the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Prof. Ade Adefuye.
The President was later received at the city centre by the Minister of State for Works and supervising Minister, National Planning Commission, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Akinwumi Adesina and Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State.
Jonathan is scheduled to meet with no fewer than 250 selected Nigerian professionals in the U.S. later in the day and also meet the U.S. President Barrack Obama, on a later date.
The President is expected to hold five bilateral meetings that will cover the EU, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, as well as Trinidad and Tobago.
This year’s UNGA is a unique one for Nigeria as President Jonathan will be among the four world leaders and the first African leader to address the UN General Assembly.
He will be speaking after the leaders of Brazil, U.S. and Turkey.
After the President’s address, the supervising minister of National Planning Commission will be chairing the side event, organised by the Leading Group of Innovative Financing for Development, a global body which has 63 member nations and many International Non-Governmental Organisations. [NAN]