Executive Chairman of the National Governing Council and the Secretariat of the African Peer Review Mechanism, Prof. Dr. Osman Gbla thanked the Ambassador on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone for her government’s commitment in the APRM Secretariat.
Prof. Dr. Gbla also informed on the progress made by Sierra Leone in the African Peer Review Mechanism, whilst also thanking President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for supporting the Secretariat.
Zainab Kamara, Project Officer from the Office of Diaspora Affairs Sierra Leone was very much delighted to welcome the Ambassador and spoke about the mandate of the Office of the Diaspora and its relationship between the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs.
Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Madam Nanette Thomas was very much honored to host the Nigerian High Commissioner and her delegation. She expressed appreciation for the participation of all the dignitaries from the Nigerian Embassy in Sierra Leone, noting that their presence has made this new month and new week much more cheerful and graceful for them in the ministry.
She said this is the very first time the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs is hosting such a big dignitary from the Nigerian High Commission.
Additionally, the minister spoke of good political and diplomatic relationship for over four decades between Sierra Leone and Nigeria as according to him, the two countries are linked by history.
“As we all know, Sierra Leone relies on significant amount of foreign assistance from both bilateral and multilateral donors, especially during the Ebola crisis.” Minister Thomas stated.
She added saying: “Nigeria is among the largest bilateral donors in Sierra Leone and we all know the roles played by the country during our civil war and most recently during the Ebola crisis”.
She told the visiting team that Sierra Leone is looking forward to continue its relationship with Nigeria as it is working on the Ebola recovery plans.
Responding, High Commissioner, Mrs. Gladys Modupeola Quist-Adebiyi congratulated the Minister of Political and Public Affairs and her team for the tremendous strides undertaken since her assumption to the office.
In her word she said: “I have not heard about the ministry before now. This is a clear manifestation that the minister and her team are on the helm of affairs”.
She also congratulated President Koroma for choosing such a dynamic team as to run the ministry, especially at a time when the country is approaching its general elections.
She called on the ministry to work closely with the Ministry of Agriculture so that the youth will be fully engaged in making their livelihood, whilst noting that any nation that feeds itself is bound to development.
For his part, Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Akhmed Femi Mansaray expressed delight for the visit, whilst noting that it is blessing that the Nigerian President’s representative in Sierra Leone is visiting their ministry.
Mr. Mansaray thanked the High Commissioner and team for the visit and pleaded for a continued peaceful coexistence between the two sister states.