Nigeria: Ouedraogo hails 'excellent' relations with UN under Djinnit

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Désiré Kadré Ouédraogo has hailed the excellent collaboration and mutually-beneficial relation between the region and the UN System during the tenure of outgoing Ambassador Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWA).

Receiving Ambassador Djinnit, who paid him a valedictory visit at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja on Wednesday, President Ouedraogo acknowledged the UN envoy’s exceptional contribution to the cordial relation between the two organisations and the tremendous support and assistance enjoyed by ECOWAS from the UN System during his tenure.

According to an ECOWAS Commission statement made available to PANA here, President Ouédraogo expressed his mixed sentiment about the UN Ambassador’s departure from the region, lauding his dynamism, professionalism and tireless efforts in support of ECOWAS’ integration and regional development initiatives.

He noted some areas of formidable collaboration and joint activities particularly the UNOWA/ECOWAS Joint Assessment Mission to Burkina Faso, the Mano River Union initiatives, Counter-Terrorism, Maritime security and the Sahel Strategy.

Earlier, Ambassador Djinnit had underscored the importance of ECOWAS as a dynamic organisation in Africa’s development architecture, noting that the exceptional cooperation he enjoyed from colleagues in the UN System and ECOWAS facilitated his work in the region in the past six years.

He said he came to express his gratitude to ECOWAS and to put on record the exemplary leadership qualities of President Ouédraogo, especially in rallying all stakeholders, including the UN System, the African Union and the international community at large, for the resolution of the recent crises in Mali and Guinea Bissau.
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04 septembre 2014 17:05:22

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