Nigeria was amalgamated in 1914 with Lord Lugard merging the Northern Nigeria Protectorate with Southern Nigeria.
President Goodluck Jonathan said this during his two-day state visit to Jamaica to celebrate the 178th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery (Emancipation Day)and the 50th anniversary Independence of the Caribbean country.
This was contained in a joint communique on the visit issued on Sunday.
The communique read, “President Jonathan outlined the plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of modern Nigeria in 2014 and noted that this would be a year-long series of heritage events at which Jamaica’s participation would be welcomed.
“An invitation was extended from President Jonathan to Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller to visit Nigeria in 2014 for the centenary of the formation of modern Nigeria. The invitation was accepted by her.”
It added that both countries also agreed on the desirability of greater parliamentary contact.
Reviewing the bilateral relations between their countries, the two leaders discussed the resumption of the Nigerian Technical Aids Corps Programme under which Nigerian professionals were sent to Jamaica to work in hospitals, schools and in other fields.
Nigerians also benefited from training in tourism in Jamaica under the programme.
They expressed concern over the status of the Jamaica-Nigeria Technical Cooperation in Oil, as the Jamaica-Nigeria Oil Facility has been suspended. They agreed that both countries would explore cooperation in this area once more, as well as in the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas.
Jonathan and Simpson-Miller acknowledged the need for more attention to be given to the Jamaica-Nigeria Bilateral Air Services Agreement.
According to them, the agreement will enable Jamaica to serve as a gateway for Nigeria and Africa into the Caribbean region as well as a hub for goods and services.
The existence of an agreement on cultural and educational cooperation between both countries was also highlighted.
It was agreed that cultural and educational exchanges between both countries, should be revived.
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