2014-07-12

President Koroma Attends 45th ECOWAS Summit

President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday 10th July attended the opening ceremony of the 45th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Head of States and Government in Accra, Ghana. His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama who doubles as President of Ghana and Chairman of the Authority implored his colleagues on the way forward in addressing the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.


PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA ARRIVED IN GHANA

Recalling on the last summit, President Mahama reflected on the key issues discussed on the security situation in the sub-region particularly in northern Mali and some parts of Nigeria with a close look at developments of the political situation in Guinea Bissau.

He entreated the ECOWAS Authority and Governments to intensify on the need to addressing the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the sub-region. Acknowledging the efforts made so far by respective governments, President Mahama expressed serious concerns over the unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola Virus in the three member countries.

Even though several lives had been lost as a result of the outbreak, the Chairman commended the World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders, the health workers and other international health workers for their efforts made in containing the disease. President Mahama called for the urgent contribution of resources to speed up the process. He encouraged members to step up efforts especially on vigilance and warned to be cautious to avoid public misinformation that will result to eventual panic. “The medical research institutions must come together to find a cure or vaccine for the disease,” he urged.

The West African sub-region is full of potential; he said and further entreated his counterparts on peace building and consolidation to enhance the full impact on the lives and livelihoods of the people.


GROUP PHOTO OF ECOWAS LEADERS

Even though several lives had been lost as a result of the outbreak, the Chairman commended the World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders, the health workers and other international health workers for their efforts made in containing the disease. President Mahama called for the urgent contribution of resources to speed up the process. He encouraged members to step up efforts especially on vigilance and warned to be cautious to avoid public misinformation that will result to eventual panic. “The medical research institutions must come together to find a cure or vaccine for the disease,” he urged.

The West African sub-region is full of potential; he said and further entreated his counterparts on peace building and consolidation to enhance the full impact on the lives and livelihoods of the people.

However, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo said that in as much as the Commission has made serious strides in that direction, “We are still confronted with huge challenges on the security and welfare of the people” and further appealed for continued support to achieve those objectives.

Speaking in similar vein on peace and security in the sub-region, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa, Mr. Saiid Djinnit cited the support on the fight against the Boko Haram insurgence in Nigeria and assured the authority about the UN’s support to ECOWAS in the struggle for better living conditions of the people.


LEFT, PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA, RIGHT, GHANAIAN VICE PRESIDENT, KWESI AMISSAH-ATHUR

On arrival at the Kotoka International Airport, President Koroma was received by the Ghanaian Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and other Ghanaian officials, accompanied by Sierra Leone’s Minister of Defence Major (Rtd) Alfred Paolo Conteh, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mabinty Daramy, Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh and Sierra Leone’s ECOWAS Commissioner Madam Haja Kadie Saccoh and the Sierra Leonean community in Ghana.

President Koroma also found time to interact with a cross-section of the Sierra Leonean Community in Ghana who was visibly happy to see and meet with their President for the very first time.


PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA INTERACTING WITH SIERRA LEONEANS IN GHANA


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By State House Communications Unit