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Jonathans challenges fellow leaders on development

17 September 2013, 10:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan has urged fellow African leaders need to make a greater effort to achieve more significant improvements on the continent’s human development indicators.

Following a meeting with Zambia’s new High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt.-Col. Bizwayo Newton Nkunika, Jonathan said that while notable macro-economic growth had been achieved across the continent in recent years, African leaders must now focus more on translating such gains into improved living conditions for their people.

Jonathan also received letters of credence from the new Ambassador of Denmark, Margit Thomsen and the new Ambassador of The Netherlands, Johannes Cornelis Maria Groffenf.

According to his spokesman Reuben Abati, Jonathan said Africa’s political independence would only become truly meaningful to its citizens with visible improvements in human development indicators such as reduction in poverty levels, access to better healthcare facilities, good education and employment opportunities for their children.

African leaders, he argued, needed to prioritize job creation and poverty reduction.

“African countries need to improve on trade and investment as this is the only way to create jobs and to reduce poverty. Nigeria will continue to encourage intra-African trade and business as that will help to move the continent forward,” Jonathan said.

He urged the leaders to fulfil promises of opening up their economies to greater regional and intra-continental trade, while re-positioning their countries to attract more foreign direct investments through increased political and economic stability.

He urged the new ambassadors to work for enhanced bilateral relations between their countries and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Jonathan also received the outing Ambassador of Burkina Faso, Dramare Yameogo.

He commended Yameogo for his efforts to improve on the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, and wished him success in his future assignments.

– CAJ News


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