Sierra Leone envoy to Nigeria gets accredited to ECOWAS

  Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In furtherance of its newly-launched programme, the sub-regional group ECOWAS Thursday accredited Sierra Leone's ambassador to Nigeria, Joe Blell, as the country's envoy to the Economic Community of West African States.
Blell became the fifth envoy from an ECOWAS member state to be given concurrent accreditation to the 15-member organisation, after the ambassadors from Benin, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal were accredited on 19 March.
ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas described Blell's accreditation as a "symbol" of hope that after years of civil war, the country could pull itself together to pursue socio- economic development.
Chambas said the concurrent accreditation of Blell would contribute to the strengthening of relations between Freetown and the organisation.
He pledged that ECOWAS would remain engaged with developments in Sierra Leone to ensure the restoration of normalcy there.
Chambas said an ECOWAS delegation would monitor May's general elections in the country.

04 april 2002 22:31:00




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