Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission honours its fallen hero

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Management and Staff of ECOWAS Commission have held a special prayer service in honour of the Protocol Assistant at its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Salihu Abdulqudir Jatto, who died 12 Aug. after a brief illness, the Commission said in a statement.

The solemn ceremony at the Commission’s Abuja Headquarters on Friday 22 Aug. was presided over by Vice President of the Commission Toga Gayewea McIntosh, on behalf of the Management and Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo.

Glowing tributes were paid to Mr. Jatto, who was variously described as a diligent, passionate, humble and hardworking staff, who died a hero in the course of duty.

Leading the other mourning colleagues in the outpouring of grief, the Vice President described Jatto as “a sharp, young, aggressive goal-getter and a personal friend.”

“We are all touched by his death, which is both a personal and collectively loss,” the Vice President said, and prayed for the repose of Jatto’s soul.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Steve Onwuka, Head of Protocol at the Commission, narrated some examples of Jatto’s unique “unassuming, humble and infectious” character.

Like most great personalities, he said that Jatto died at a time the world attention was focused on the region, albeit for the Ebola health emergency.

Other colleagues who spoke at the occasion, including Mr. Hyacinth Okwu of the Finance Directorate, Mr. Franck Afanyiakossou, and Mr. Joshua Iyamu, a member of the Staff  Association, all acknowledged Jatto’s legacy of service and exemplary character.

They also used the occasion to appeal to Management to look into improvement of the staff welfare and to take special care of Jatto’s wife and children, given the circumstance of his death.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Saihou Njie of the Human Resources Directorate, said the ceremony was part of the traditional gestures of honour to a departed colleague.

The Vice President and the Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Khadi Ramatu Saccoh, signed the official condolence register at the end of the prayer session, which was also attended Commissioner for Human Resources Joao Jose Silva Moteiro and his General Administration and Conference counterpart Stephen Nartey, who had already signed the
register.

Mr. Jatto was among those who assisted the American-Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who died in a Lagos hospital of Ebola disease on 20 July on his way to a regional conference in Nigeria's eastern city of Calabar.

An ECOWAS delegation attended Jatto’s burial in Ikorodu, Lagos, and also paid a condolence visit to his widow and other members of his family last week.
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23 august 2014 12:28:13




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