President Goodluck Jonathan will undertake a one-day official visit to Niamey, capital of Niger Republic today, October 7, 2014 to participate in an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government are expected to review on-going collaboration against terrorism.
The leaders are also expected to agree on further joint action to curb terrorism and insurgency within and across their national boundaries.
President Jonathan and the Heads of State and Government of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin Republic resolved at a meeting in Paris in May this year to intensify joint efforts to curtail terrorism and violent extremism.
At the Paris Summit hosted by President Francois Hollande of France after the abduction of the Chibok School girls, President Jonathan and neighbouring Heads of State and government also agreed to establish joint anti-terrorism patrols and a system of sharing intelligence to support operations against terrorists and other cross-border criminals.
Benin Republic, which participated in the Paris Summit but is not a member of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, has been invited to the Niamey talks.
The Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon with the mandate of sustainably and equitably managing shared water resources of the Lake Chad Basin and promoting regional integration, peace and security across the Basin.
President Jonathan will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Chief Of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall, Alex Barde and other senior government officials.
He will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the one-day summit.
Jonathan to meet with Heads of State in Niger republic