Nigeria: ECOWAS urges more support for regional Ebola response

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has called for more international support for the regional Ebola response and a coordinated approach to ongoing efforts to defeat the scourge which has claimed some 5,000 lives from the more than 10,000 cases reported mainly in West Africa from March 2014.

“At ECOWAS, with the strong political commitment of our leaders we are trying our best, and we can achieve greater success with more support from partners,” the ECOWAS Chief remarked here during the accreditation of nine new ambassadors to ECOWAS, on Tuesday.

In a remark that echoed during the separate brief ceremonies, the ECOWAS chief informed the envoys that the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the ECOWAS specialized health agency has already deployed staff to the affected countries while
efforts were being intensified to deploy more health workers on ground.

He pointed out that for the effective coordination and consolidation of the regional Ebola response, ECOWAS partners have been invited to the extra-ordinary summit called by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, Ghana’s
President John Dramani Mahama, in Accra  on 6 November, 2014, to be preceded by a Ministerial Coordinating Group meeting.

Receiving the Letters of Credence of the Ghanaian envoy, Mr. William Azumah Awinador-Kanyirige, President Ouédraogo enjoined him to convey the profound gratitude of the Commission and other Community Institutions to the ECOWAS chairman for his leadership.

Mr. Awinador-Kanyirige, who was Director of Cabinet to former ECOWAS Commission President, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, described his accreditation as a home coming, and pledged to work for the realization of the regional integration objectives.

Accrediting the Guinean Ambassador Gaoussou Touré, President Ouédraogo expressed the solidarity of the community to the Government and people of Guinea and other countries affected by Ebola, expressing the hope that the disease would soon be
defeated through concerted and coordinated efforts.

The German Ambassador Michael Zenner, who was the first to present his Letter described ECOWAS as the “most advanced Regional Economic Community” in Africa, and promised to work for the deepening of cooperation between his country and the region.

President Ouédraogo thanked Germany for its support to ECOWAS and expressed optimism that the excellent relations would be taken to a higher level.

He conveyed the same message to the Spanish Ambassador Alfonso Sebastian de Erice, commending Spain for supporting the region in the fields of immigration, solar energy and infrastructure development among others, while acknowledging the
success of the 2009 ECOWAS-Spain summit. For his part, the Ambassador said his country would continue to advocate for ECOWAS at different fora and assist the region in overcoming its challenges including the Ebola outbreak.

Accrediting the Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Pulat, the ECOWAS boss accepted the government’s invitation to visit Turkey and praised the country for its role in finding a lasting solution to the crises in the Middle-East. The envoy in turn lauded ECOWAS for its response to the Ebola outbreak, which he described as a global challenge.

The other accredited foreign envoys who also pledged to work for enhanced cooperation and partnership with ECOWAS, were Mr. Sean Hoy of Ireland, Madam Pirjo Soumela-Chowodhury of Finland, Dr. Peingeondjabi Shipoh of Namibia and Mr. Parmena Makuet Mangar Riak, South Sudan’s first ambassador to be accredited to ECOWAS.
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29 october 2014 13:10:55




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