Ghana’s New President visits Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

By IndepthAfrica
In Ghana
Dec 12th, 2012
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Ghana 's John Dramani Mahama  and Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan

Ghana ‘s John Dramani Mahama and Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan

A few days after his election as Ghana’s new leader, John Dramani Mahama has made his first international trip and he headed to Abuja for a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

Mr Mahama who won a fresh term as President in the West African state arrived the Presidential Villa at about 12.30pm on Wednesday, where he was received by the President Jonathan at the forecourt of his office before the two went upstairs for a meeting.

Briefing state house correspondents after the meeting, the Ghanaian President said while on his way to Equatorial Guinea for the Conference of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States meeting, he decided to call on the Nigerian President to pay respect to President Jonathan considering the relations between Ghana and Nigeria.

He said that after his successful election it has become imperative that he visited Nigeria first.

President Mahama sought for Nigeria’s resuscitation of the West African pipeline to enable Ghana use the Nigerian gas for its power generation, saying “I took the opportunity of the visit to discuss with him (President Jonathan) the issue of West Africa Gas Pipeline. As you are aware, it got broken and there was an accident when they were trying to activate it.”

“So, I want President Jonathan to use his influence to get the pipeline back into operation as soon as possible so that Ghana can continue to receive Nigerian gas to power our electricity generation.”

He also condole President Jonathan on the death of his younger brother saying that he missed the funeral which took place on the day of the elections in Ghana.

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