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** Departs For Rwanda, Ethiopia and Ghana
ABUJA, October 04, (THEWILL) - President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has restated his commitment to building virile institutions in the country, as a way of strengthening Nigeria’s democracy and making the country a better place for all.

President Jonathan was speaking to the new Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Dirk Verheyen, after he presented letters accrediting him to Nigeria.

He stated, ‘You need strong institutions for a country to successfully practice federalism, and I am committed to building them in Nigeria’.

The President commended the warm relations between Nigeria and Belgium, reminding the new Ambassador of several outstanding bilateral issues.

Also receiving the new German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Dorothee Jaretzke-Wenzel, at a separate audience, President Jonathan said Nigeria had power supply challenges, and was already in negotiations with Germany towards attracting investors into the power sector.

He stated that current efforts at increasing power supply would definitely be fruitful.

The President also received the letters of credence of the new Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Habineza.

The new Ambassadors thanked President Jonathan for receiving them, and pledged to work hard to further strengthen the already warm and cordial relations between their countries and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan will depart Abuja, tomorrow, on Official visits to Rwanda and Ethiopia and a State visit to Ghana, a Tuesday statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati has said.

During the visits, President Jonathan will hold bilateral talks with his counterparts, President Paul Kagame, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and President John Attah-Mills of Rwanda, Ethiopia and Ghana, respectively. It is expected that African and global issues will feature in their discussions.

Abati added that Jonathan is expected to return to Abuja on Saturday, October 8, 2011.