A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the Liberian Ambassador spoke at a special thanksgiving program and reception organized by the Liberian Community in Nigeria on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the Embassy of Liberia in Abuja, to commemorate Liberia’s 168th Independence Day.
Ambassador Conteh, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the government and people of Liberia, paid homage to the excellent Liberian-Nigerian relation. He said Liberia’s deepened bilateral relation with Nigeria comes at an opportune time when Nigeria was rated the largest African economy in Africa following the rebasing of the size and structure of its economy in 2014.
Liberia and Nigeria reactivated a Joint Commission in July last year by signing five Agreements: A bilateral Trade Cooperation Agreement, An Agreement on Cultural Cooperation, and an MOU on Cooperation in Geology, Mining, Mineral Processing and Metallurgy, an Agreement on Educational Cooperation, and an Agreement for the Training of Liberia Foreign Service Officers.
Ambassador Conteh also thanked the Nigerian Government for its significant contribution to Liberia, through the West Africa Health Organization and the African Union, of cash donations and volunteers respectively to combat Ebola in Liberia.
“Liberians will forever be grateful for Nigeria’s contribution to ECOMOG in the nineties that renewed peace and democracy in Liberia”, Ambassador Conteh remarked, as he proffered a toast to wish for the good health and prosperity of President Muhammadu Buhari, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the fraternal people of Nigeria and Liberia.
The Liberian envoy used the occasion to assure the Government and people of Nigeria, and the international community, not to panic about the few, isolated cases of Ebola resurgence in the country last month.
“The Government of Liberia now has the experience to control the spread of Ebola. Its effective Incidence Management System (IMS) has brought the situation under control. The four remaining cases recovered and have been released. Liberia now has no confirmed case of Ebola”, the Ambassador added in the midst of applause by the audience.
He revealed that Liberia’s post-Ebola Development Strategy includes the rebuilding of the health system with accelerated infrastructure development and induced investment to reverse the negative trend in falling economic growth. This strategy will reschedule the timeline of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation, and create a momentum for sustainable development that would enable the country attain middle income status by the year 2030, he emphasized.
The program was well- attended by the Liberian Community in Abuja and surrounding states in Nigeria, invited guests, and the officials and players of the visiting Liberian Under-Twenty Soccer Team. It was climaxed by an intercessory Christian and Muslim Prayer for God’s mercy and blessings on the governments and people of Liberia and Nigeria.