Jonathan was born in Bayelsa State to a family of canoe makers.
He holds a B.S. degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a Ph.D. degree in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.
He worked as an education inspector, lecturer, and environmental-protection officer. He entered politics in 1998.
Meanwhile, The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, on Monday paid tribute to President Jonathan in Minna. Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, said within a space of two and a half years, President Jonathan has touched the lives of Nigerians in many positive ways and has stamped a seal of excellence in all the spheres of our national life.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, Governor Aliyu said the forum is proud of President Jonathan’s landmark achievements and remarkable leadership qualities which he has wonderfully exhibited in accelerating the growth and development of Nigeria and the African continent as a whole.
He said the forum was proud of President Jonathan’s landmark achievements and remarkable leadership qualities which he has wonderfully exhibited in accelerating the growth and development of Nigeria and the African continent as a whole.
The statement made reference to the progress made in critical sectors of the economy as Agriculture, wealth creation, education, citizen diplomacy and other laudable programmes which are anchored on the administration’s transformation agenda.
The forum said it believed that President Jonathan had a lot more to offer Nigerians and called on Nigerians to join hands with the President to move the nation forward.
The forum prayed God to grant President Jonathan excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan will depart the country on Tuesday night for Islamabad, Pakistan, to attend the summit of Heads of State and Government of the Group of Eight Developing Nations (D-8) which will begin on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, President Jonathan will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Besides participating in the summit of the D-8 which was established in 1997 to foster developmental cooperation amongst member-countries, President Jonathan will also hold bilateral meetings in Islamabad with the Presidents of Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran and Egypt whose countries also belong to the D-8.Other D-8 nations are Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
The objectives of the organisation include promoting trade and economic cooperation amongst its members, improving member states’ position in the global economy, diversifying and creating new opportunities for them in international trade relations, enhancing their participation in decision-making at the global level, and improving the standards of living of people living in the eight member-countries.
The President will also meet with Nigerians living in Pakistan before returning to Abuja on Friday.