Abuja : President Zacob Zuma of South Africa on Tuesday addressed a joint session of the National Assembly in continuation of his two-day official visit to Nigeria.
Zuma was accompanied to the National Assembly by his host, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Zuma and Buhari arrived the assembly complex around 3p.m local time.
In his opening remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki said Zuma's visit will be the first time a visiting President is addressing a joint session of the National Assembly.
He said this is a sign of friendship between both countries which symbolises partnership for a new Africa.
Zuma in his address said he was delighted to address the lawmakers.
He highlighted the great role Nigerian played in ending apartheid in South Africa, which eventually led to the country gaining its independence.
He noted that the history between Nigeria and South Africa needs to be told to current and future generations.
Speaking on economic partnership between both countries, Zuma said the bilateral relationship between the two countries has improved in the last 16 Years.
He stated that over 120 South African companies operate in Nigeria currently, a huge growth from only four in 1999
He reiterated that Nigeria and South Africa share the same vision on Economic and Political issues
He called on Africans to act, unite and march together in unity.
15: 59. National anthems of the two couturiers being recited to formally close the session.
15: 56: Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara addresses the sitting.
15:55 Zuma ends his speech
15: 45. He says SA is ready to assist Nigeria in solving his power problem
15:40 Zuma says more than 120 South African companies operate in Nigeria currently, a huge growth from only four in 1999.
He says the two countries must strive for the diversification of their economies to create more jobs for people of the two countries
15.37: Zuma talks about the abducted Chibok girls. He says: " Our hearts $ prayers are always with the Chibok girls who were abducted from their hostels in April 2014 by Boko Haram
15:35 Zuma recalls Nigeria's support for South Africa over the years in the quest to end apartheid .
He says the history between Nigeria and South Africa needs to be told to current and future generations.
15: 30 Zuma highlighted the great role Nigerian played in ending apartheid in South Africa, which eventually led to the country gaining its independence .
He says South Africa is proud of Nigeria.
Zuma remembers this day as the 40th anniversary of the passing of an illustrious son of Nigeria, Gen. Murtala Muhammed.
Zuma, recounts that Nigeria provided scholarships to SA students & rendered assistance to Ghanian refugees in the 70s
15: 25. Zuma congratulated Nigerians on the conduct of the 2015 general elections
15: 20 Zuma addresses the lawmakers. He thanks President Buhari and the lawmakers for accepting to host him. He expresses his country's condolences on the passage of the Minister of Labour, James Ocholi.
Zuma says this invite means a lot to SA. He says this tells a story of the need for both countries to partner together
15.17. Saraki gives his opening remarks. He says this is the first time a visiting President is addressing a joint session of the National Assembly.
He says this is a sign of friednship between both countries which symbolises partnership for a new Africa.
15: 13 Opening prayers being said. now calls on Sen. Mustapha Bukkar to take the opening prayer in Islam while Hon. Nicholas Osai takes the Christian prayer
15: 10 National Anthems of both countries being recited.
15:07: President Zumaa in company of President Buhari arrive the National Assembly
15: 03 The Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of House of Representatives, yakubu Dogara just arrived the joint session
15:00 Members of the Upper and Lower Chambers of the National Assembly already seated as they await the arrival of President Zacob Zuma and his host, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Abuja - Visiting South African President, Zacob Zuma is expected to address a joint session of the National Assembly as part of activities lined-up for his two-day official visit to Nigeria.
Zuma, who arrived the country on Monday had earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
- News 24